What is Website Hosting?
When we design and develop a new website for a client, for the first time, we always offer one full year’s free web hosting. As the website hosting package is free, clients rarely question why they need one, or ask us, “What is website hosting?”.
It’s not usually until the next year’s hosting bill is sent out that we have to explain what a website hosting package is and as we are in the midst of sending out the invoices for this year’s hosting, I thought I’d write a quick blog to explain, in laymans’ terms, just why everyone with a website needs web hosting.
Web Hosting Explained
Put simply, a web hosting package is a place to store your website. Your hosting server stores your HTML files, images, PHP files, PDF files, etc and allows other people with access to the internet to access your files and read your website.
At it’s basic level, a web host is simply a computer server with a high speed Internet connection.
It’s like owning a bricks and mortar shop and renting a space in a shopping mall, or to take it to the most basic level, paying for your pitch at a market or a boot fair so you can display your goods on the stall.
Some website hosting companies allow you to pay for your hosting package monthly, but as we only charge £79.95 plus VAT to our clients for a year’s standard hosting, our clients pay for a year in advance. We do offer other packages for clients that use masses of bandwidth, but the majority of websites require only the standard web hosting package.
I hope that explains why you need website hosting, but if you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll answer you as best I can