What is Website Hosting?

So you’re on the prowl to build a new website, and what’s this you hear about hosting? Even if you’re using some standard templates from a plug-and-play website builder, it will at least mention whether or not it includes hosting.

Usually, if a website builder includes hosting, it comes at the cost of your domain.

The Domain

The function your domain performs that you most need to understand is that it is the recognizable name of your website, which technically is a numerical address. Without a domain, you would have to tell your customers that your site is located at something like 123.456.789.123/~mysite. Instead, you probably have something like http://www.yoursite.com, which is much easier to remember and better for branding.

outdated idea memeOftentimes if you get free hosting, it’s then technically property of the website builder and your domain becomes something like http://www.websitebuilder.yoursite.com.

Not only does that mean that URL now advertises someone else in your own space, it could also theoretically just disappear one day because it’s not fully under your control. Backups are under their control. Security is under their control. For better and for worse.

That’s why we recommend taking things into your own hands and setting up your own website hosting. And that brings us back to the original question – what is it and what does it do?

Website Hosting

Without hosting services, you won’t have a place for your website files to reside, so your domain would become like a disconnected phone number in the phone directory. Your site needs to be hooked up to a web server via a host computer, in order for visitors to read your website files. This is what a hosting service does.

If you are taking care of your own website hosting, you must ensure that it is secure and that regular backups are made. Otherwise, if you make a change to your website content or upgrade your content management and something goes screwy, you can at least restore an earlier version, instead of starting from scratch. (Scary thought, right?)

IRG Websites provides affordable website hosting services for small businesses and organizations at highly competitive rates. We’ll move your site over, set it up on our secure host, and create weekly backups for you.

Fast, secure, and one number for you to call without waiting on the line for technical support.

Contact us to find out about our hosting packages today!

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