In the digital age that we live in today, every business must have a website. In fact, it’s as essential as a business card, a brochure or a logo. But after you create your website and web pages, these all need to be stored somewhere, where everyone can access them, around the clock. That’s where web hosting services come in.
To explain the concept of web hosting services, we are going to relate it to a common analogy in which the internet is like one large country.
- Each website must have its own plot of land in that virtual country.
- Every plot has an address, so others can find it easily.
- These plots exist on various web servers, most owned by web hosting companies like Go Daddy.
- The web hosting company that owns the server rents its plots for a fee.
There are different kinds of hosting plans — some designed for very large businesses, others for startups with basic websites.
Depending on the nature and scale of your business, you could choose between shared or ‘classic’ hosting, dedicated hosting, a virtual private server or cloud hosting.