What is Web Hosting and Why You Need It

Domain and website hosting are basic services without which it is impossible to create a web resource on the global network. Some mistakenly confuse these two concepts, although there is a significant difference between them. A domain is the website address in the internet, which must be entered to access it. And hosting is a virtual space where the website exists. It is logical that the domain is registered first, that is, the future online address is "booked", and then hosting is ordered and the virtual space is filled with information.

Every website consists of files: text, graphics, videos, databases, scripts. But if the materials are simply located on a computer, it is not enough for the site to function and be available to visitors.

The materials are uploaded to the network by placing them on a specially equipped computer - a server. Unlike a regular PC, it is online 24/7 and has enough power to allow hundreds, thousands, or even millions of users to connect to it simultaneously.

When ordering hosting, the owner (administrator) of the website receives the server's power and disk space at his disposal. Nevertheless, renting it entirely is often unreasonable. In these cases, a virtual server is offered. The user is provided with only a part of the power and space: one server computer can simultaneously serve many websites. At the same time, from the point of view of the available capabilities, the server obtained by the administrator is fully autonomous.

Of course, you can try to place the files on your home computer. But then you will need to spend time to set everything up, install an IP address, protection against attacks. It is very difficult to implement this at home, let alone ensuring online access and uninterrupted power supply. And not everyone has specific knowledge.

To avoid these problems, it is sufficient to order virtual hosting. It is located on a remote server, which does not require direct access. But the service allows you to immediately get:

  • ready-to-use software;
  • online access, uninterrupted power supply;
  • protection against attacks, consultations, support.

The hosting provider is ready to provide additional services: email service, installation and administration of CMS (website engine), website monitoring. The administrator does not need to spend time on self-configuration.

Usually, options are offered that differ in the resources of RAM to run scripts, disk space, and the number of options provided. You only need to make a choice, order, and pay for the service so that you can immediately start placing files and launching your project.

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