What is a web hosting service? Web hosting is a service that enables people and businesses to publish web pages online. Web hosting service providers sell or offer (with ads on your web page) web-hosting servers and technologies that enable you to publish web-sites online.
A web hosting service is a service that customers can use after they have paid for monthly dial up/broadband internet access. A web hosting service loads content onto the server so that web pages and information on the internet can be viewed in their original HTML format. A web hosting company will provide clients with access to a web server that provides the clients’ content to people on the internet after they have made a URL/domain name request. To view web pages on the internet, you need to have a web browser (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer/Netscape Navigator) to request a web page from the web server after you have paid for internet access.
A web site is a set of pages stored on a server. A server is a computer that is part of a larger network of computers known as the internet or the World Wide Web. Users of the internet can access your site at any time. The Internet is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A host computer is a computer that hosts a web site. When a user types in a URL or a domain name, the address is sent to the host computer using a pointer routine. The address is then looked for from the terminal to the computer hosting the web site. If all goes well, the web site should appear on the user’s screen.
Hosting companies typically require you to purchase your URL (or domain name) before you can purchase hosting. Many hosting companies offer a package that allows you to purchase your domain name as well as hosting.