In the world of technology of today, even the smallest companies have a web site. Customers have grown to expect this as a way to inquire about your service 24/7. But no matter how great your web sites are, if they are not easily found on the Internet, it does your company little good. This is why you need a web host.
What is web hosting and how does it work?
To put this in simple terms, think of your personal home computer. You have documents, pictures, letters and various bits of information stored on your hard drive. You manage your information by having them in searchable files and you can access them easily. This is the same process (on a much larger scale) provided by a web hosting site.
Your web site is just a large group of computer “files”. When you have a web site, the data must be managed in such a way, to allow the public the ability to access and interact with your information. In order to allow the public to access your web site, via the World Wide Web; a server with very high specifications and a powerful link to the internet is required. This is where the web hosting site is needed. The definition is web hosting is: The activity or business of providing storage space and access for websites.
The web host provides the avenue for you to present your web site on the Internet. Your web sites along with the millions of other web sites are collectively, the World Wide Web. Your web host will use their high volume servers to keep your site available at all times.
What else does a web host do?
Your web host maintains your web site and publishes it on the internet. There are various services the web host site may offer. They commonly perform the service of registration of your domain name. Once registered, you own that name and no other company can use the same name. They also offer you a number of email addresses that are tied to the web address. If you decide on a web domain name of Bill’s Buttons, You probably want your web site domain name to be billsbuttons.com. Also, you probably want your email address to be something like firstname.lastname@example.org. This web site name and email address is provided to you by your web hosting site. Your web host will allow you a number of email addresses through their server with the selected domain name suffix. A web host also provides all technical support and helps you grow your site. Web hosting is affordable and invaluable in the world of business. Concentrate less on price and more on the services available. The prices are usually very affordable. Their server must understand the computer language your site is written in. This is the only way your site will operate correctly.
Your web site is often the first contact you have with a customer. A good web hosts ensure that the impression they have of your business is a good one.