What Is Website Hosting?

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A web server does two things for your website:

  • It stores the files that make up your website
  • It helps deliver those files to site visitors when they click on your website.

Web hosting is used to create a space for websites on the internet.

A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organisations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web.

When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your web pages will be delivered to them through the browser.

The percentage of time the Web host server is actually connected to the Internet, thus allowing access to the websites it hosts, is called uptime. This value is typically higher than 99 percent, with about 45 minutes of downtime per month for maintenance.

A Web host may be either an Internet service provider, or companies that specifically provide a Web hosting service.

Types of Web hosts and Web hosting:

  • Shared Web Hosting
  • Reseller Web Hosting
  • Cloud Based Web Hosting
  • Virtual Private Server (VPS)
  • Dedicated Web Server
  • Colocation Web Hosting
  • Self Service Web Hosting
  • Managed WordPress Hosting

What are Software Servers?

Software servers are programs that run in the background with the help of a Linux or Microsoft Windowsoperating system.

This is important because web hosting providers use specific types of operating systems when they store your site’s files and deliver them to your visitors.