Things Newbies Should Know About Web Hosting

There are many things newbies should know about web hosting before they dive right in and make a decision to run a website on their own. One thing that many newcomers do not realize is that web hosting is an entirely different thing than a domain name – you must buy your own domain name (which ends in dot com, net, org, etcetera) and then it is essentially “pointed” to your web hosting account, wherever that is. So what is the web hosting for? Well, a web host actually stores the information for your site on their servers – all the images, text, videos, HTML, JavaScript, etc is all right on their servers just like your computer has all your documents, photos, and music files. So there are two parts to a website – the domain name, and then the critical part: the web host.

Another matter to be aware of is web host quality. Not all hosts are created equal, and if you expect your website to be up all hours of the day and not fall apart under heavy traffic, you need to be certain you deal with a professional web host. There are people out there who run a web server out of their home, using their desktop computer. This is not something you want to be a part of at all. Professional web hosting companies have warehouses which are climate controlled so that servers – which hold all your valuable data – do not overheat and crash. They also have staff in the same room to make sure everything is going smoothly, including running updates to control panels and making sure their servers are secure, so they are not plagued with viruses and other harmful attacks.

Web hosting companies come in all varieties, and you need to find one which will be accountable for your data. This means they do backups regularly of all your files, and in the case of an emergency (such as a hurricane that wipes out power lines and corrupts data) they will restore their backups and prevent you from going through a lot of trouble with lost files. So before you get the radical idea to host your website yourself out of your home office, ask yourself how valuable your files, databases, content, and site are to you. Make sure you are prepared to deal with attacks from hackers, with power outages, and other unexpected events.

Now that you are armed with a new awareness of these things, you should feel prepared to go out there into the World Wide Web and wade through the thousands of web hosting providers to find the one reliable host for you – be sure to ask lots of questions before signing up.