What is website hosting and why do I need it if I have/or plan on having a website?

Have you ever wondered how several websites load and are made available to visitors in the World Wide Web? Is purchasing a domain name for my business the end all be all, meaning it is the sole thing keeping my website active? Are these automatic that once I build a website and I search for it on the web, it magically appears? You can design a website on your own computer but unless you upload it on a hosting server it can never be accessed by anyone.This where web hosting comes in. 

After securing your business website domain name and building your site, if it does not have a host, it cannot go live in the world wide web. It’s like throwing all your hard-earned efforts in designing the website and it turns out not seen by visitors on the web. Since we don’t want that to happen, this article will share what exactly is web hosting? Web hosting is the process of uploading files which comprise the website from a local computer to a web server. A server is a computer that connects other web users to your site from anywhere in the world. The server’s resources, (RAM, hard drive space, and bandwidth) are allocated to the websites using it. In essence, it is the process of renting or buying space to house a website on the World Wide Web. Website content such as HTML, CSS, and images. In order to get a website active and live on the internet, you need to host a website. Since the world wide web is so massive, it is safe to say that every website you’ve ever visited is hosted on a server. It varies on the amount of space allocated on a server and usually depends on the type of hosting. The classification of hosting includes shared, dedicated, VPS and reseller. They differ from the kinds of server used, technology and the level of management for each classification. 

The main reason why you need a website host provider is pretty clear, you want your well- designed website to be viewable and accessible online. Especially if you’re planning on creating an online presence, reliable web hosting is essential.  It is a fact that every website you’ve ever visited is hosted on a server. Hence, it is an indispensable need once you start to kick things off with your website and launch your ecommerce business.

Since web hosting is considered a necessity, finding website hosting providers is not that hard as there are literally hundreds of web hosts available today providing thousands of varieties of web hosting services. It all boils down to the provider which can best cater your needs and value for your money. It is a paramount consideration to have access to the right allocation of resources to keep your website loading quickly and reliably for your visitors. 

Choosing a web hosting company entails the major task of managing all backend concerns, including the maintenance and repair of the servers. As a business owner, choosing the right web host provider is crucial as it can make or break your business. Hosting providers should be the business’ owners’ ally in making sure the website is up and running smoothly, otherwise it would be a hassle and burdensome. There’s a lot to choose from web hosting providers but it does not automatically follow that the most expensive plan provides for the best. It is important to do research as to the pricing, reviews and actual output of the provider. As mentioned earlier, you don’t have to purchase the largest or most expensive plan as website hosting can be customized depending on the amount of traffic generated in your site. And an option to upgrade should your site’s traffic is boosted, is always present. 

Web hosting providers charge commensurately to the bundle of services a person is subscribing and obliged to pay. As a user, you might ask whether you  can have to have your own full-fledged server right from your own home? Yes, of course but be ready to shoulder the costs. It costs a lot more than contracting a third party to do the website hosting services for you. Not only that,  it requires a powerful computer with an equally excellent and fast processor. It entails a lot of  RAM usage for operating systems like Linux or Windows. This is also a technical thing which requires technical skills because troubleshooting for servers, broken links etc are immediate problems which need to be addressed by the web hosting providers.

For those of you that are discovering Ngakkan Nyaagu (NGNY) for the first time, we are an Indigenous Digital Agency. NGNY is a 100% Aboriginal owned business and has been operating for 5 years. We have been engaged to deliver website, mobile app, graphic design and hosting services for Indigenous organisations and businesses, non-Indigenous organisations, businesses, government and enterprise. We are Supply Nation Certified, NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC) registered and B-Corporation Certified. We have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience along the way and have a lot to share with Indigenous businesses and the buyers of their products and services. (ngny.com.au)