Jul 11, 2015

What does web host/hosting mean?

Web Hosting

Hosting (also known as website hosting or Web hosting) is the business of housing, serving and maintaining files for one or more websites. In a sense, you rent space on a computer to hold your website. Your host, the computer where your website files are stored, assigns an address (DNS) for your files to your domain name so that anyone can find your website on the Internet by typing in your domain name.

Once a website is completely developed these pages have to be connected to the internet. So that when a user types “www.domain.com” the pages which was developed is shown to the users.


Web hosting actually involves two steps that is booking a domain name and buying a web space.

We buy the web space to host the website which was developed; we call it as hosting on the server. To host on to a server we need service providers who actually provide this service at the cost defined by them.

“www.domainame.com” is called a domain, which is nothing but an address. Every hosting should contain at least a domain name. But Web hosting is the place where your pages actually resides.

It is neccessary to have webhosting. See domain name is just an address for the end user, but there are no pages which can display. So when you buy webhosting along with domain name, automatically that domain will point to the server, and the files which needs to be shown when the user types the address. In simple just understand, domain name is just a pointer to your webpages, and webpages are actually hosted in web hosting server.

The host provides the server, programming, and information needed for other people to view your site. So, when someone uses their browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc) and types in a domain name, your website appears. Your host is also usually the person that manages and creates email addresses associated with your site and may make changes for you on your web site.

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