Web hosting is the service that provides space on the internet for websites, allowing web pages to be displayed. When you make a website and you want other people to see it, you need to publish (or upload) it with a web hosting service.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Web hosting services store your website files in high-powered computers called web servers. These servers are connected to a super-fast network. When someone types in your web address, the Internet connects to the web server holding your website files and transfers the information back to their computer. From there, they can view and explore your website it its entirety.
I STILL DON’T GET IT!
Don’t worry, it’s simpler than it sounds. If it helps, forget about the techie side of things! Instead, imagine your website is a house and your web host are the bank that provides your mortgage. Your mortgage fees allow you to own the house and everything that’s in it. You can do whatever you want with your home, even decorate it so it looks different from all the other houses on your street.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
Web hosts offer different types of hosting, so you’ll need to choose the service that best fits your needs. In general terms, a shared hosting account is cheap, easy to maintain, and sufficient for most new sites. Plus, you can always upgrade later when your site grows bigger. It’s also important to remember you need a domain name for your website to be found on the Internet. To continue the analogy above, if your website is a house, your domain name is the address that tells people where to find it.