What is hosting?

Before you create your website, you also need to decide where you are going to host or keep your web pages.

For it to be accessible, you need to save the files that make up your web pages on a computer that is connected to the internet.

Can you host the website yourself? Absolutely!

But you would need to ensure:

  • the computer is connected to the internet 24x7x365
  • the computer has sufficient resources to handle the requests to view the website
  • you have sufficient security to guard against malware, hackers, etc.

It would be simpler, more cost effective and efficient to rent a space from a hosting provider.

Did you know?

Selecting the correct hosting platform, from a reliable hosting provider will have an impact on the success or failure of your online presence?

These companies specialize in providing a range of services for hosting websites of all types.

The hosting also includes email services so you can have a branded email address like yourname@yourdomain.com.

There are many hosting companies that provide these services, so you need to narrow the list down by looking at what features you will need for your website

For example, if you will be using WordPress for your website, then narrow down the list to hosting companies that provide specialized WordPress hosting.

On the other hand, if you want to sell products online, then you would go with a hosting plan that specifically caters for this.

The advantage to selecting a hosting provider that specializes in what you need is that it minimizes the need for you to install and setup.