Research has proven that quite a number of people are still puzzled about how the internet works, in particular how websites are brought to life, in this article, lets’ dive into what a web host is, what servers are, and later on, we will look into the different types of web hosting available to individuals and businesses on the web.
So what is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is an online service that enables an individual or organization to purchase or rent space to house their website on the internet (also known as web, or worldwide web). It is worthy to note that hosting services is a recurring subscription that allows you to keep your website or applications online for as long as you are paying. That is, just like domain names are paid for every year to your domain registrar, your hosting account is equally paid monthly or annually to your chosen hosting company.
Does it mean all my website information is saved on a cloud? Like in thin air? Of course not, every hosting type (cloud hosting too) has a hardware machine your files are stored on. We call these ‘servers or web servers.
So, what are servers?
A web server comprises a hardware and software component that allows your website to run without interruption. A web server stores all of the files that make up your website. For example, at Gbefunwa, we sell what is called a Managed WordPress Hosting that offers an automatic installation of the WordPress software on your domain name.
In our next discussion, we will look at the type of hosting services available out there, as well as their pros and cons.