What is Web Hosting? by Certified Digital Marketing Agency, Absolute Digital
Updated: Oct 20, 2020
Web Hosting is a service that allows you to post a website onto the online server, also known as the internet. When you upload your website onto a web host or web hosting service provider, anyone can visit your website so long as they have an internet connection. A web hosting provider is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website to be viewed on the Internet. Websites are hosted or stored, on special computers called servers owned by these service providers.
Your website must be connected to a unique domain name or website address such as www.(name).com in order for it to be hosted online. If you do not own a unique domain, most hosting companies will help you purchase one for a fee, depending on the availability.
When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your website will be delivered to them through the browser.
Web Hosting Basics
What you should know about web hosting is that it is the sole connection between your website and the server which people can access and visit your website. Having a secure connection is crucial because this is a channel which your website may be compromised by malware or virus attacks.
These vulnerabilities may come in many forms but to get protected, you will need an SSL certified web hosting for better security. This also helps boost your Google SEO ranking because it provides a better end-user experience according to Google.
Web hosting tends to be overlooked when web designers focused too much on the features or design of the website too much. Although these are important, no one will visit your website if it is compromised lost the connection with the server and being taken down.
Here's what you need to know when hosting your website on a server:
Types of Web Hosting
There are 3 main types of web hosting. Each of these brings a different utility to your website and you should consider based on the purpose of your website and who will view your website as the end-user when deciding on which type of web hosting you should use.
Shared Hosting - Shared hosting is perfect for basic website hosting. This is where your website will be stored on the same server as multiple other websites. Shared hosting plan are usually cheaper because all domains share the same server resources, such as RAM (Random Access Memory) and CPU (Central Processing Unit). However, because all resources are shared, the loading speed and capacity of your website might not be ideal.
VPS Hosting - Virtual Private Server hosting is ideal for website owners that need more control, but don’t necessarily need a dedicated server. VPS hosted websites are hosted within its own space on the server, though it still shares a physical server with other users. While VPS hosting provides website owners with more customization and storage space, they’re still not able to handle sudden high traffic levels or spikes in usage during a massive e-commerce sale for an example.
Dedicated Hosting - Dedicated web hosting gives you the most control over what kind of storage capacity, speed, and security for your website hosting server. That’s because the server is exclusively utilized by your website. This means that you have full root and admin access, so you can control everything from security to the operating system that you run. However, this is usually more expensive to maintain by a third-party hosting provider as you will be charged for renting the entire server for your website. In most cases, if the capacity is needed for dedicated hosting, you should also be considering having your own server set up which is a cheaper alternative and lesser reliability to your hosting provider.
With the rise in the number of options for website hosting in recent years, there is a 4th option which is gaining popularity. Cloud Hosting is popular due to its ability to combine its resources from several servers. Cloud hosting solutions works via a network and enables companies to leverage on the computing resource of not a single web hosting server but as many as they need, making it scalable.
This allows users to employ as many resources as they need without having to build and maintain their own server or hosting infrastructure. The resources that are being used are spread across several servers, reducing the chance of any downtime due to a server malfunction. Cloud-based hosting is scalable, meaning your site can grow over time, using as many resources as it requires and while the website owner only pays for what they need.
How to host your website
To get started with web hosting, you first need to own a website with a unique domain name connected. Connect with you hosting provider of choice and request for an SSL certificate with your choice of hosting (Shared, Dedicated, VPS, or Cloud Hosting).
Next, you're going to want to follow the instructions on your hosting provider's website to change the "nameservers" for your domain to get it connected with your website and domain name. Once that is done, it will take around 24hours (usually faster) before your website goes live.
Depending on your hosting provider, most of them will notify you when the process is completed you can check if it's working simply by typing on your website's address on your browser to see if your website loads up.
Now that your website is live, you will want to make sure you can be found on Google. These articles might be useful for you to rank on page 1 of Google or learn simply how you can improve your search rankings for your website in general.
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