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16Jul, 2018
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HOW WEB HOSTING WORKS

What Happens Exactly When We Host On the Web?

Hi guys! I’m Philomena and today, we’re gonna look into how web hosting works. At first, I thought it was some sort of abracadabra but digging into the phenomenon and figuring out what actually happens, I’ve come to see that it ain’t so tough and I’ve decided to share with you guys. So let’s get into it.

A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center (Wikipedia).

A web host provides the server on where your websites would be located for access by other people. Think of a server as a house and you are allocated a room space to keep all your stuff. Your website address will now be the address of the room given to you (generally called IP Address and looks a lot like 192.20.212.7) Your registered website name will then be pointed to that IP Address so when anyone types your website name (e.g https://hostnownow.com) on an internet enabled browser, it is directed to the IP Address and whatever has been stored in that address shows up.

To host a website on the internet, an individual/company would need an allocated space on the host server/company as not all companies have the budget or expertise to get a server.  Web hosting company offers users necessary infrastructure (like softaculous/App installer where you get to choose any software to install on your site, and also admin or cPanel details depending on the host company) required to operate the website. The users will be able to create their website with the assistance of a web developer, web master or programmer, they are also able to create domain emails like Kemi@hostnownow.com, adewale@hostnownow.com etc.

In old and recent times, we’ve seen companies that allow you host your websites for less to nothing or even free at times. As the number of users on the World Wide Web grew, the pressure for companies, both large and small to have an online presence grew. In 1995, companies such as GeoCities, Angelfire and Tripod were offering free hosting. Meanwhile as the number of web hosting companies grow, the competition in the web hosting business also grows hereby informing some web hosts’ decision to either allow you host your website for less to nothing as a market strategy in acquiring and retaining customers.

So, there you have it. Web hosting in a nutshell. There are generally different types of hosting packages though depending on the features of your website, the storage and bandwidth required and so on. We’ll discuss the different web hosting packages in our next post.

For now, please leave your comments on web hosting and how it works. Twas cool to have you read this post till the end. See you soon!

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