What Is Website Hosting and Do I Need It?

March 3, 2020

In order to publish a website online, you need a web host.

Without purchasing a web hosting service, you can’t set up your new website fully. Registering a domain name (ex: mywebsite.com) without getting a web hosting service will serve no purpose – your site won’t be complete.

Anyone can create a website on their computer, but unless they have their website files uploaded on a hosting server, nobody will be able to access their website. When people type your domain name in their browser URL they will be directed to your website. This is possible only if your website files are stored on a web hosting server.

Web hosting companies sell or rent space on their servers where you can store your website files, such as HTML and CSS files, documents, videos, and images. These are all files that take up space and need to be stored.

What is a server?

A server is a computer that connects other web users to your site from anywhere in the world. As the name implies, web hosting service providers have the servers, connectivity, and associated services to host websites. By offering a variety of hosting plans, they cover the spectrum of hosting needs, from small blogs and large organizations.

In a nutshell, web hosting is the process of renting or buying space to house a website on the World Wide Web. Website content such as HTML, CSS, and images has to be housed on a server to be viewable online.