What is website hosting? This is a fairly recurring question for anyone who wants to start a blog, a website, or an online store. In this article, we’ll talk about why you need website hosting if you want to have a professional-looking company website.
Website hosting is a service that allows you to publish a website or application on the internet. When you buy hosting, you are basically renting space inside a server, which hosts all files and necessary data for the proper functioning of a website. Simply put, a server is a physical computer that is constantly working, so your site or application is always online.
Your hosting provider is responsible for keeping the site up and running, protecting it from malware attacks, and transferring its content (text, images, files) from the server to the visitor's browser.
So do you need to pay for a server? Well, the simple answer is “no”. The more complex answer is: “But you should”. Let’s see why.
Nowadays, it’s possible to create a web page and get it up and running within hours thanks to the variety of tools and services available on the market. There are also services that allow you to publish a website or blog for free. Among the free options are some website building platforms (like Wix and WordPress), security certificates (like Let’s Encrypt) and hosting websites, available to anyone who wants to publish a website. But is everything free worth it?
If you are creating a blog and are still not sure whether you will have an audience or get any traffic at all, investing in free hosting is a good option. However, if you want to create a professional-looking website for your business, take a look at the reasons why it’s good to invest in paid hosting:
If you want a high-quality website for your business, factor in hosting as a fundamental part of your budget. In most cases, web design and development agencies will offer this and or include this as part of the service they offer you. Now that you know what web hosting is and why you should choose a paid option for your business, let’s learn how hosting works.
When you decide to create a new website, you need a website hosting provider to provide space on a server. Your provider stores all your files and databases on the server.
Whenever someone enters your domain in the browser, your provider transfers all the necessary files to fulfil the request. Website hosting is similar to renting a home, you need to keep the rent up to date to keep the server up and running.
Most hosting providers offer different types of website hosting to meet their client’s needs. The most common types of hosting are:
As we can see, there are different types of hosting and each one meets a specific business need. For blogs, shared website hosting can often be sufficient, which is great as it costs a lot less than other web hosting. Already the most robust sites can be found on VPS, Cloud or dedicated. As mentioned often a web design company will offer hosting services and they will have their own dedicated servers, which is the ideal solution.
If you are unsure about which hosting service your website needs, we’re happy to assist. We have our own dedicated PowerEdge Dell servers, which are homed in a fast, multi-homed, and redundant Australian network. Have an overview of our hosting environment or get in touch with our team about our web design and web hosting services.