Web Hosting: What it is and why you need it.

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Web Hosting: What it is and why you need it.

With the growth of technology, and the advancements being made for computers, there are many web services that are available today that weren’t available years before. Many jobs now depend solely upon computers, and many payment transfers are made digitally, instead of face to face. We at Sievers Creative build and design websites for companies that we often don’t meet in person. Many companies have come to rely on other companies referred to as “web hosts” in order to make their websites more accessible to the general public. Web hosting is a very valuable service, but it is important that companies know what it is before they decide upon a web hosting company.  Here is a guideline on what web hosting is, as well as what it does to benefit companies and businesses.

Infographic explaining how web hosting works

What Is Web Hosting?

Web hosting, in short, a service that rents you computer space for your website to reside. Without it, your website would not be accessible to the world wide web.

A website is made up of files and a database (most of the time these days). These files sit on a computer, but for them to be accessible to the world wide web, the computer has to be configured as a server.

Animated image of web hosting server

It is a service that is provided by a company or organization that allows individuals or group organizations to make their website accessible on the internet. Whether the page be a personal individualized page, or a public one that talks of the company, web hosting has a place for many people. Through understanding what exactly web hosting can do for people, one should know about the full capabilities that the service has.

Qualities of a good web hosting company:

    • Great Support: Anything that uses a computer will have issues. It is as simple as that. So make sure that the support team of your webs hosting company is responsive and knowledgeable.
    • Reputation: Every single company has customers that are unhappy, but by in large you will find that good web hosting companies have web hosting customers saying positive things about them.

What Can Web Hosting Do For Your Business?

Web hosting will allow you to have a website that is accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Many business make the mistake of underestimating just how important a website is. A website in today’s world is the equivalent of opening a second location for your business, at least for those who know how to implement one.

A good website, can answer customer service questions, provide essential information for your products or services, and a website can even engage your potential customers while you are sleeping at night. So web hosting isn’t really the driving force to make all of these things happen, but it is an essential platform needed to make a website accessible to the world wide web.

Is there such thing as a local Web Hosting Company?

The server and web host business is one that takes a lot of capital and manpower to get started. While there are many local providers that offer web hosting, the majority of the time it will be more expensive and the support will not compare. Many web designers will offer hosting to their clients through a re-seller account. This is often a good fit for most small businesses, as it allows the needed access for the designer, but full control for the customer (you).

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