Web Hosting Glossary

Web Hosting

web hosting enables websites accessible via the World Wide Web

Web Hosting

A web hosting service allows users to have their own website on the internet. These companies provide space on their servers for individuals who would like to use a server for their website. A web hosting service provides both space on a server and internet connectivity in a data center. This service allows Internet users to store their information, images, videos, or other content right on the web. The World Wide Web is a huge collection of websites, all hosted on these servers throughout the world. The users of the web hosting service simply upload their web sites to the server, which ensures a steady, fast connection to the internet.

Wikipedia defines ' Web Hosting' as the following:
"A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to provide their own websites accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own for use by their clients as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Webhosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for servers they do not own to be located in their data center, called colocation."


Some types of Web Hosting services include free web hosting, shared web hosting, reseller web hosting, dedicated hosting server, managed hosting service, and cluster web hosting. In addition to this, there is also web hosting for files only. Some file hosting services include image hosting services, video hosting services, blog hosting services, shopping hosting services, and one click hosting.

More Web Hosting Information:
To get your web site onto the internet, unless you own your own servers, you will need to find a web hosting company. Web Hosting Companies typically host banks of servers with continual and 24/7 connectivity to the World Wide Web.

How does Web Hosting work?
When users types in a URL (a web address) into the address bar of their browser and hit enter, the browser sends out a request to retrieve that web page. The request travels across the World Wide Web to the appropriate web server and requests the page from the web server.

If the request is successful, and the associated file is available, then the file, application, Adobe Acrobat file, or web page loads into the users browser.  Getting server space for your web applications cost money, like renting some virtual real estate. Web Hosting providers typically charge monthly fees for storage, access, bandwidth usage, and basic rental of their web hosting services.  Also see Dedicated Servers, and Shared Web Hosting for more information

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