What is Web Hosting?

Web Hosting Or Website Hosting Or Site Hosting

Web Hosting or Website Hosting is the service of providing space and maintaining website on the internet.

This is exactly like your house. If you want to build a house you need to purchase land and pay amount for that land. So the space on SERVER is purchased to launch your website.

The space for hosting a website is provided by the Web Hosting Companies which use advance and very fast servers(high-powered computers) so that your website is loaded within few seconds.

When someone enters your website url(domain name), the internet connects to the server and then server responds to requests and transfers your website files and information back from where the request was made. This process is very quick and only takes few milli seconds to respond. Loading Speed also depends on type of servers you have purchased and web hosting companies who are providing these services.

The better the servers are better will be your websites loading time. People spent thousands of dollars to optimise their website speed so that user experience is not spoiled. After all, who wants a website who is taking several minutes for loading and not providing the information.

Now let’s discuss

What is the difference between domains vs hosting vs website?

The three basic parts that make a web site is :

  1. The domain name
  2. The web-hosting, or server
  3. The website files themselves

1.The Domain Name

A Domain name is the name of your website which is used as an address where internet users can access your website. This is exactly like your physical address which is used to reach at your place.

These are easy-to-remember words that we can use to communicate to a DNS server the website we want to visit.

Computers communicate with each other by IP addresses to establish connection.

This is like humans tells their house address to xxx person. In a similar way domain tells people ABC is hosted on the server xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx  

2.The Web Hosting 

Lets repeat the definition again so that you can recall and remember what is web hosting. It is the service of providing space and maintaining website on the internet.

The web hosting company service provider makes it easy to host your site on server. You can install framework applications through cPanel. Without hosting services, you won’t have a place for your files.

3.The Website Files themselves

The website files are same as you have in your pc containing .exe files, .mp3 files etc. Website files vary due to different technology used to built them. .Php, .asp net, .html are extensions which are recognised world wide servers. Every web page sends a request to server and then server recognises the web file format and transfers the data back to browser.

So this is how it goes when someone enter your domain name, which requests server to send your files, which then browser represents to them as a typical “web-page”.