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Website Hosting - Chris Miller

Understanding Website Hosting

What is Website Hosting?

The web and internet in general can be a tough thing to wrap your head around. That’s ok though, it’s up to folks like myself to make your online experience simple and easy to use. With that said, I will release a series of articles on the discussion of web design, development, and hosting.

website hosting - Chris Miller

The above picture gives you an idea of what a server facilities looks. Countless racks of computers stay connected to the internet 24 / 7 / 365 making the web possible.

Website Hosting refers to a service in which your website is being hosted on a special type of computer called a web server. Website hosting is necessary and responsible for every website you visit online. Without website hosting, it would be impossible for the web to exist.

The server is where your website is stored and hosted, therefore it is required to stay connected and running 24 / 7 / 365, otherwise your website would be off the grid and unreachable to potential visitors.

Additionally, the server requires routine backup & maintenance, security updates, an ISP or Internet Service Provider, and constant monitoring to quickly address any unforeseen issues that may arise. If you’re using a CMS or content management system, that platform will also have its own routine maintenance to address as well.

Think of it as the foundation or land that your building sits on and also factor in that your building requires running water, electricity, and other necessary resources to keep the building alive. This is essentially what website hosting is.

Hopefully this helps you to better understand what web hosting is and why it’s necessary for your website. If you have any questions regarding website hosting or interested in hiring me to build your website, visit the contact page and send me a message!