What is Web Hosting, Goddamnit?!?


The question that puzzles humanity and leaves the scientific community without any answer, completely clueless. But today we are going to answer it for you, my dearest reader. Let me explain in detail as you diserve.

Web hosting is a service that allows you to publish a website on to the Internet. Simple, uh? A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for that to happen. So, it’s the people granting your website the possibility to be online 24/7. Do you follow? Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers, which are owned by those hosting service providers that “rent” you the space so you don’t have to set up the whole thing yourself.

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

So, in short, what do you need to publish a website and be available online for anyone to see 24/7? You need the “rented” space on one of the servers, and then a domain name (your URL, or the name you type in a browser to access the site, your “www.nameofyoursite.com” if you will).

I always suggest that you go for an easy hosting + domain name formula to save some money and do things right. On that article you will find the resources and easy steps to get the best hosting out there.


Disk Space Quota

In ancient times of Internet history, there was a limited amount of space for you to store files for your website. This meant that you should check how much your hosting provider granted before jumping onboard and purchasing your hosting services.

Nowadays, most hosting providers offer unlimited disk space and you don’t have to worry much about this.

Bandwidth or Data Transfer

Same as the disk space quota, they limited the bandwidth they offered, so if your website was visited a lot, you should have paid more. Now, they have also unlimited bandwidth and you can have as many visitors as you want, thanks to the improvement in internet speed and bandwidth.

Email Accounts

I remember a time in which you could get like 5 e-mail accounts for a basic hosting service. Nowadays, you can pretty much get as many as you want. You will run out of account names to create before they say anything about your abuse of email accounts usage, so… yeah, don’t worry about this one either.

Emails can run over POP3 or IMAP, and you can forward them to other accounts and create aliases as well.

POP3 accounts are the traditional inboxes. You have space on the server to store your emails, and at the same time, you can use an email program to download your mail. Each login and password combination usually equates to one account.



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