“Ignorance is no excuse.”
Our “learned friends” often like to remind us.
Same could apply for us who use the internet daily without a single clue on how and what we log into daily operates.
In this age of growing technology, we will not be forgiven for not getting our basics right-at least concerning this basic web hosting knowledge.
You and I can learn how the websites we visit daily operate without actually feeling like rock scientists.
This conversation seeks to introduce you to the basic understanding of web hosting. What is web hosting? What does it entail?
What should you think next time you bypass a signpost at that junction reads”we offer web hosting services” what will you hear?
How will you react next time you hear the IT section guy at your office mentioning this term “web hosting” and perhaps charging you more for it?
The second entry when you put the words “what is web hosting” in Google is from www.quackit.com defining webhosting “as the service that makes your website available to your users”.
Yes, you can even visit your web developer and acquire the website name (domain) .You may even have the pages designed to your stipulations. But even after all that is done, you still need to have your new designed website hosted somewhere.
What does that take?
You need a server
This is where the company that is hosting you provides a server computer to generate hosting space for your website.
This is also known as the internet protocol address, www.techtarget.com defines internet protocol as “the method or protocol by which data is sent from one computer to another on the Internet.”
www.Internet society.org explains IP Address as a “a unique string of numbers separated by periods that identifies each computer attached to the Internet. It also usually has a version.”
www.thesitewizard.com identifies control panels, disk space, band width allotment, reliability and speed of access, amount of web space as some of the criteria one may follow before choosing a web host.
To be accessible online means you need an internet connection, your computer/server is assigned an IP address that is publicly accessible.
So even from your own home or garage you can be able to host your website, but, do you have the resources that will ensure 99.99% availability, reliability, redundancy? That is exactly why more than 97% of websites online today are not self hosted.
And it all doesn’t have to be rock science, yet we all need this basic knowledge.
We also hope the conversation with your IT colleague goes well next time.
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