What Is Web Hosting?

What Is Web Hosting?

A Little Hosting History

In 1989, Tim Berners Lee created the world wide web. Berners Lee was a scientist working within a european nuclear organization. The scientists in the organization needed a fast and reliable way to share files with each other on different computers. This led to the creation of the internet.

A website is merely a collection of files and applications viewed on a computer via a web browser. Up until 1994, if you wanted a website to be available to be viewed on the world wide web, you had to store the website and its files on your own computer. With the emergence of the internet and the promising business opportunity, Geocities became the first company to offer web hosting. Today, there are many website hosting companies to choose from, as the industry has continued to grow since 1994. The competition among hosting companies has allowed for web hosting costs to remain very low for consumers. It is not expensive for an individual or business to create a website and store it live on the internet. Some companies even offer free web hosting service, often in return of not allowing a unique domain name.

Web Hosting

It is very easy for anyone or any business to have a presence on the internet today. We no longer need to store our website’s files on our own computers. When we purchase a web hosting plan, we are essentially paying for the space on a computer (server) that is connected to the world wide web. The server holds a website’s files and displays them when the request is sent. The average cost of a website hosting plan is right around ten dollars per month. There are a few different types of web hosting plans to choose from. In one of our other articles, you can see our list of the different types of web hosting.

Web hosting is the service you need in order for your website to be viewed live on the internet. For the website to be accessible and public, the the website’s files and information needs to be stored on a server that is connected to the internet. A web hosting company owns and maintains these servers, then rents out the space on these servers to customers to store their websites. When you sign up for a web hosting plan, you usually have a monthly or yearly fee to rent the server space to securely store your website and its contents. Below in no particular order is a list of some of the most popular web hosting companies.

Domain Names

A domain name is the technical name for the online address of your website. If you own a store that sells coffee tables and you want to sell online also, you may want a domain name such as “coffeetables.com”.  Since the internet has now been around for many years, many of the most popular .com domain names are taken. You could try for “coffeetables.net” or “coffeetables.biz” but most people want the .com extension because of the trustworthiness associated with it. You may need to settle for something like “jimscoffeetables.com”. In order to obtain the rights to use a certain domain name, it needs to be purchased and registered. Luckily, most website hosting companies include free domain name registration with the purchase of a new hosting plan.

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