Website Hosting And How It Works

Websites have been around so long that most people take them for granted. After all, they’re just something that’s automatically right there when you type in search terms on your desktop or mobile device, right?

In reality, websites need to be “hosted,” or stored and supported, somewhere so all of the relevant content on them can be accessed by multiple visitors. If you are new to the wonderful world of website hosting, read on to see how it works.

Most Connections Are Land-Based

When you hear terms like “the cloud” you may have images of website data being beamed across the globe with satellites. But most internet connections are land-based and linked by underground cables. This is true even when WiFi is involved.

Websites Are Typically Hosted On Special Servers

Websites are hosted on servers, which are simply other computers linked to the Internet. While you can technically host a website on your computer, most websites are hosted on special servers designed to handle multiple users and support large amounts of data. These special servers have capabilities that include:

• Backup systems to keep things going in emergency situations
• An ability to efficiently handle large volumes of traffic
• Security features to block attacks, data leaks, viruses, and other bad stuff

Determining What Kind of Hosting Is Needed

Every website needs to be linked to a physical location because of the technical demands necessary to keep things running and accessible to searchers. What kind of hosting you may need, will depend on the purpose of your site. E-commerce websites where users are completing purchases on a regular basis will have bigger requirements than a site that’s just a reference source.

Types of Website Hosting

In some cases, a website is automatically hosted by the company being used for your Web platform (e.g., Shopify). Tools like WordPress, which powers about 25 percent of all websites worldwide, are self-hosted.

This means you’ll need to find server space for whatever you create with WordPress or similar platforms. Your website’s domain (e.g., www.websitename.com) also needs to be hosted, as does your email, but this is usually best handled with external email providers like Outlook. Base your choice of a host on the following criteria:

• The technical demands of your website (a server that’s too small will result in a lot of crashes for visitors)
• Anticipated number of visitors (track traffic with your Google Analytics reports to see if you’ll need to upgrade to a larger server)
• How much there is do on your site (websites with several pages and features will need a more extensive server)

Now that you have a better idea of how website hosting works, take advantage of the website-related services available from Create Web Studios. In addition to website design, our team also provides assistance with all aspects of online marketing, including search engine optimization and social media management. Contact us today to learn more.