The process of making web sites and web pages accessible to many users is called web hosting. A web page is a file, just like any word processing documents. The same way your word processing documents needs your computer to be stored safely, all web pages require a computer to store them to for global accessibility.
The difference between your desktop storage and the web is that web pages are made to be viewed by the public through out the world. In order to ensure this happens, the system on which they ought be kept must be higher specification than your regular desktop PC, and must be connected to the Internet through a very powerful link.
A computer on which web pages are stored is called a web server (because it serves pages, on request, to users on the Internet). Collectively a bunch of web pages is a web site, and collectively all the web pages in the world form the World Wide Web (WWW).
We sometimes like to call the product we offer web space, because we are selling “space” on the Internet for you to host your web site. Web space is measured in megabytes, in exactly the same way as the space on your own computer is measured.
Why do I need web hosting?
It is technically possible to connect your own PC or Mac to the Internet and have it serve pages. But it is not practical since usually a home-based Internet connection is not powerful enough to serve many users at the same time.
For this reason, web hosting companies exist. Web hosting companies have in their possession very powerful web servers which store your web pages. They connect these web servers to the Internet by very powerful connections, enabling many web users to access your web pages at the same time from anywhere around the world.
Hence the very first step towards running a web site is to acquire the services of a web hosting company like Africa Hosting Company because unless you’ve got unlimited funds you would not be able to afford the web servers and connections necessary.
What else do web hosting companies do?
As well as providing web space web hosting companies provide other “value-added” services. The extent of these varies from company to company but there are some key services provided by nearly all. These are the registration of domain names (see below) and provision of email. They may also provide technical support either through their web sites or by email or telephone.
Are there different kinds of web hosting?
Yes, of course! There are many different varieties of web hosting, designed to meet different needs. A two-page web site set up by an individual will need far less robust web hosting package than a multinational high-traffic site set up by a big company. There are a few key differentiating factors between the packages web hosting companies provide. Have a look at our Shared Web Hosting packages suitable for bloggers, small and medium businesses alike.