Simply put web hosting is basically renting a place to hold your website, either an existing one or very commonly a new one created with tools provided by the web hosting company. Web hosting companies own large server farms and lease space on those servers to companies and individuals to host their websites. Beyond just providing bandwidth and storage on the physical servers they provide a wide variety of services such as website builder tools, domain name services (DNS), content management systems (CMS), shopping carts, security certificates (SSL), and many others. So what should you look for in a hosting company? Most importantly you should look for company that can help you understand and utilize all of the different services they offer.
How much storage space are you going to get, how many different pages and/or sites are you allowed, and what is the bandwidth. Bandwidth is basically the volume of people that can use your website at the same time and the amount of information you can send back and forth with them. DNS, which stands for Domain Name Service, is another commonly offered service. It is like the yellow pages of the internet. In order to request a web page you have to know its address. DNS is what converts those friendly website names, like mygreatsite.com to a numerical address. Most hosting companies will provide you with a free address but it will be something like mygreatsite.theHostingProviderName.com. But they will also help you register your own unique name.
The types of services offered is growing all the time adding to the importance of working with a provider that will help you through the process, not simply sign you up and leave you to figure it all out on your own.
If you are considering hosting a new website or maybe replacing an older outdated site please contact us. We provide all of the services mentioned above and many more including Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and social media services. At Excedeo we are proud to offer a comprehensive web consulting service.