Web hosting is where all your files are stored so people can access your website.
A lot of people get the words “web hosting” completely turned around. They tend to think it’s more complex than it is. To give you an example of what web hosting is let me elaborate. Think of all the pictures on your home computer, laptop, or tablet. Let’s say you want to show them to someone. Typically, people upload them to Facebook so their friends can view them.
Once, they are uploaded to Facebook your friends can view them. They are uploaded to a server and Facebook is using a hosting service. This is just a place where your files “live” on the internet. So, let me say it again, a web hosting service is where your files are stored. Here is a diagram that shows you what I am talking about.
Each hosting company offers different amounts of storage, RAM, CPU, etc. You are renting out a server to store your data on. There are thousands of hosts available, so picking one that is dependable and helpful is essential.
But, you also need a domain name. This is simply the web address that people go to. For example, Amazon.com is a domain name.
Do I Need Web Hosting For My Website?
Yes, without web hosting your website would not exist. This is why you need web hosting for your site. There would be no files to view therefore your site wouldn’t exist.
So here is how it works. People go to their browser. The most popular ones are Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. W3schools.com shows which browser is the most popular one. Google Chrome is what most people use currently.
People open their browser and go to Google.com, Bing.com, and Yahoo.com. They type something in that they want to know. Each of these search engines will show you different sites. When you click on a website, it shows your domain name in the navigation bar. Again, your domain name is the www.example.com. It pulls your site’s data that is stored on a server which you pay a monthly or yearly fee for.
How Much Is Web Hosting?
Starter plans are cheap. Usually, you can sign up for a web hosting service for under $5 per month. This is an entry plan. Again, it’s going to have different resources, CPU, RAM, and disk space. Shared plans are just starter plans. Once your website grows you will need to upgrade to a plan with more resources. Otherwise, your hosting account will get suspended for using too many resources.
What About Free Hosting?
These can be very appealing to those people that are on a tight budget. Spending $5 a month might not fit into everyone’s budget. There are free hosting companies and they can serve a good purpose for those who don’t have the funds for paid hosting. If you do use a free web host just know that they have lots of limitations on resource usage and they are not as reliable as paid web hosts.
So Many Different Types of Web Hosting. Which One Should I Choose?
I’ve written an article which shows the different types of web hosting. There are 10 different plans to choose from. Not every host is going to provide all types of hosting. For instance, some hosts specialize in shared hosting, VPS, cloud, or dedicated hosting.
Here are some popular hosting providers:
This is why tbwhs.com was developed to show you customer reviews on different hosts. Some hosts have had lots of known problems. Other hosts have gotten good feedback. Hopefully, this makes sense. Do feel free to ask any questions you have about web hosting down below.