An Easy Guide To Web Hosting For Beginners

Alon Shrestha » 10 Jan 2022 » webhosting

One billion plus websites are live and running on the internet. Over 576,000 new websites are launched daily according to websitesetup.org. But do you know where these websites are or how are they running?

Web hosting has these questions’ answered.

Allow yourself some time to read this article and by the end of it you will know:

What is Web Hosting? How Does it works?

Web hosting means to put up a website online. It is as simple as that. To make it more lucid and understandable, I like to begin this article by defining a website.

What is a Website?

A website is a set of web pages where web codes are written. Web code helps to write text, attach document files, media files, and set hyperlinks which will open or take you to another web page.

You are reading this article on a web page. You can find the title “sTechalon” on the top of the page. It is set with the hyperlink and will take you to another web page. Collection of these web pages makes a website addressed by “stechalon.com”. This address is called a domain name which we’ll discuss later.

What is Website | Website Vs Webpage

Website can also have a single web page. Google.com is a website, all the search results found on it eg: Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, etc are websites.

Every page you visit on the browser is a website.

Next, let’s move on to Web hosting.

What is Web Hosting?

In a nutshell, uploading a website on the internet is web hosting. It is similar to uploading a video on Youtube or creating a post on social media.

But how is a website uploaded on the internet?

Websites are uploaded on the servers which are connected to the internet. Servers are high specification computers that run all the time and it’s major job is to serve the clients (end users like us).

Every website you visit is hosted on a server.

The companies that sell such servers are called web hosts or host providers. Hostinger, Bluehost, Dreamhost are some of the well known web hosts. They not only provide web hosting services but also email hosting, domain registration, etc.

Therefore, web hosting can be defined as buying a server, uploading a website onto it, and making it accessible to everyone.

How does Web Hosting Work?

Working mechanism of web hosting is simple. Web host’s servers are configured in such a way that your website gets online as soon as you upload it.

The server comes with the storage and IP address. Storage is for uploading a website and an IP address defines a path to that website. There are different methods to upload a website on a server. Methods like browser based file transfer where files are selected and uploaded, FTP(File transfer protocol) an application which also allows drag and drop option, terminal using command line, etc. These methods vary according to the web host you choose.

How to host a website? | How Does it Work?

After the website is uploaded, it gets hosted on the server’s IP address. To make it professional and meaningful, instead of using IP address domain name is used to address a website.

Domain name maps or cover the IP address of the server. So that, whenever the domain is entered it will take you to that particular website.

You can buy a domain with different parties like godaddy, namecheap etc and later add to the server or buy a domain along with the server from the same host provider.

How to Host a Website?

So far I guess you’ve understood how web hosting works. However, buying a server and uploading a website onto it does not make web hosting efficient.

Before buying a server you should know what type of website you have? Is it a new website for blogging or for other purposes which has low weight and traffic? Or, is it an ecommerce or business website that needs more resources?

These things should be considered before buying a server because web hosting could be expensive and the worst experience for you.

For different websites, web hosts provide different types of web hosting services. Some popular web hosting services are:

  • Shared Hosting : This is for new blogs, startup’s websites, etc.
  • VPS Hosting : Perfect for ecommerce website, professional blogs, etc.
  • Dedicated Hosting : For business application websites.

For more details, you may want to check another post:

👉 Comparison between Shared Vs VPS Vs Dedicated hosting

After figuring out your perfect plan, now it’s time to pick a reliable web host provider. There are an excessive number of web host providers you can find on the internet but less reliable. Reliable are those who provide great services and support.

If you are clueless about picking a web host provider, then you can choose any of them mentioned in the list below.

Hostinger is the top pick by most people because of its low cost, according to Neil Patel. He is one of the best web influencers and recommends the same list as above in his article.

We’ve come to the end of this article and I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Feel free to write to me if you have anything related to this post. Stay Safe.