What is web hosting?

Web hosting is the business of housing, serving, and maintaining files for a website. It is where all the files that make up your website and e-mail can be found. Hosting removes the need of you having to provide and maintain expensive and complicated Servers.

Typically, an individual business hosting its own site would require a high speed connection, the Server hardware and the expertise to set-up and configure a web Server. Using a hosting service allows companies and individuals to get on to the Internet without the expense or effort of maintaining their own Servers.

Having your website hosted also offers many benefits:

  • You can use your domain name as your web address
  • You can use your domain to send and receive e-mail
  • Support for more advanced features such as CGI, PERL, ASP, PHP etc.
  • No server/hardware expertise needed

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