When a hosting provider allocates file storage space on a web server to a website, it is hosting the website. Web hosting makes the files that make up a web page (code, images, etc.) available for viewing online. Every website you’ve ever visited is hosted on a server.

The amount of server space allocated to a website depends on the type of hosting. The main types of hosting are shared, dedicated, VPS and reseller. They differ in the type of technology used for the server, the level of management provided and the additional services offered.

In short, web hosting is the process of renting or purchasing space to host a website on the World Wide Web. Web page content such as HTML, CSS, and images must be hosted on a server in order to be displayed online.

What exactly is a server? A server is a computer that connects other website users to your website from anywhere in the world. As the name suggests, web hosting service providers have servers, connectivity and related services to host websites. By offering a variety of hosting plans, they cover the spectrum of hosting needs, from small blogs to large organizations.

If you plan to create an online presence, reliable web hosting is essential. There are literally hundreds of web hosts available today that provide thousands of types of web hosting services. Plans range from free with limited options to expensive web hosting services specialized for business. The plan you choose will depend primarily on how you plan to use your website and how much you have in your hosting budget.

Choosing the right hosting plan will mean having access to the right resource allocation so that your website loads quickly and reliably for your visitors. Think about how many businesses operate primarily online these days; their sales and business leads come from their website. If someone lands on a website and there’s a problem—it takes too long to load or doesn’t show up at all—potential customers won’t wait. They will bounce off this site in search of a site that works properly and can provide what they are looking for without any problems.

If you’re new to website hosting, web hosting and the jargon associated with it can be a confusing topic. Many first time website owners have gone with the cheapest option or anything associated with purchasing a domain name in the mistaken belief that all hosting options are essentially the same.

This can be a costly mistake.

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