What is Web Hosting? Websites, Domains & Hosting Easily Explained

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If you want a website, you need a web hosting plan. But what exactly does that mean… and what does a web host provide?

Google decided the best definition of web hosting is:

web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers. (Source)

But I once had this explained to me with an analogy of your home and it just seemed to click…

So basically there are three vital parts to your website.

1) A domain name.

This would be considered your street address. How people identify where you live and can visit you at.

Who do I recommend? I use GoDaddy, but you can really purchase your domain from anywhere. Don’t forget to set it to auto-renew.

2) A web host.

This would be the house itself. There are different types of hosting plan, just like houses. A dedicated server would be similar to a single family house where you have your own everything. A shared hosting plan might be compared to an apartment complex where you might be sharing utilities and if you’re neighbors drill a hole through their wall it might knock a hole in yours, too.

Who do I recommend? Hands-down SiteGround. After working on hundreds of sites over the years, I’ve dealt with the good, bad and ugly. SiteGround is one of the most reliable and their support is top notch. Here’s my affiliate link but would recommend them regardless of the small kickback I receive for referrals.

3)  Website files + data.

Once these are all set up and you’re settled into your house (ie hosting plan) you can start decorating and buying new appliances (ie building your website). This phase is where you’d install WordPress, decide on your theme and install your plugins. Then you’d design your site.

Who do I recommend? If you’re DIYing, WordPress + Beaver Builder would by my suggestion. If you have no interest in DIY, I’d love to chat! Click here to learn more about what it would be like to work together on your new website project.

So to recap:

Street address = Web Address/Domain Name

House = Website Hosting Plan

Furniture, Appliances + Home Decór = Website Files + Data

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