Ya, web hosting. I know, pretty boring stuff. Who cares? – well, you should care about this stuff.
Web hosting is that area of your business or blog that kind of gets ignored; not on purpose, but out of ignorance. We take for granted that the website we’re visiting (or app for that matter) will just be there and will always be there. Those emails we send out to our friends and colleagues on a daily basis will always be delivered.
This is how it should be when you think about it. The Internet as we know it is roughly 25 years old and the underlying technology that makes the websites and email we use everyday work, hasn’t changed a whole lot. That is how tried and tested this technology is – it hasn’t changed because it doesn’t need to change!
When we were shopping for hosting for our blog, we didn’t really know what we were looking for. The tech speak was kind of confusing and I just wanted someone to break it down into some easy-to-understand language.
Well, here you go.
Your website needs a home just like you need a home – a place to live, lay your head, clean, etc. Like you, your website needs a physical location somewhere to live and that location has an address too. Where you live in a house or apartment, your website lives in a folder on a computer at some physical location on this planet. These computers are all connected with cables and wires like your house is connected to the roadways with a driveway.
So, to put it in financial terms, you pay rent or have a mortgage for your physical location and the computer that you are renting space on for your website has a landlord as well.
Now, this virtual landlord has certain duties that they have to do – maintenance of the computer, protection from the outside world, software upgrades, maintain there own network to the Internet, etc.
Hope that helped a little bit. Now it’s time to get into the benefits…