Web Hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet. Think about how all the websites that are available on the Internet (around 2 Billion) are made available to you 24/7. The answer is in the web hosting. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be available to all the users on the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers. When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain name into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser. A domain name is simply an easier way to remember your website other than having to remember an IP address of a server where your website is stored.
Most hosting companies require that you own your domain name in order to host with them. If you do not have a domain, the hosting companies will help you purchase one.
Here are some common featues of Web Hosting services.
- Email accounts – Once you have purchased your own domain name (example.com) , you may create customized email accounts ending with your custom (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc). Apart from hosting the website, Email services is the most common feature almost all the web owners use.
- FTP access – FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. As the name suggests, FTP lets you upload files from your local computer to your web server. If you build your website using your own HTML files, you can transfer the files from your computer to the web server through FTP, allowing your website to be accessed through the Internet. FTP does not limit you from uploading any type of file on to your server. Basically, it is as same as having your own cloud storage.
- WordPress support – WordPress is the World’s most popular Content Management System (CMS). WordPress powers over 35% of all websites on the internet. Most hosting providers will tell you right away if their plans are WordPress-compatible or not. The simple requirements for hosting your WordPress websites include: PHP version 7 or greater; MySQL version 5.6 or greater. Almost all the web hosting plans you’ll find in 2019 will include simple ways to install WordPress.
If you decide to create and host your website with Hozty, in addition to access to the free DIVI plugin that allows you to drag and drop site builder, you can get a custom domain, email addresses, and web hosting all bundled into one subscription. Hozty offers you everything you will need to launch your website with zero coding experience.