To host a website you need a special computer called a server, this computer will keep your website files ready and available for users to access them through a reliable and uninterrupted internet connection. The server handles all incoming traffic by letting users access it from any remote location. There are risks involved when strangers remotely access a computer in your network. This is why it is a good idea to hire the services of a web hosting company.
Web hosting companies provide this service professionally for a monthly fee, they have a staff of professionals dealing with the hardware on-site to make sure it is running constantly, keep their network secure and able to handle all user requests. Sounds a bit complicated? It is.
Not all hosts are created equal.
The quality of the servers, their power consumption, processing power, speeds and tech support are all a factor when choosing the right web hosting service. Hosting services can range from a few dollars a month to thousands of dollars a month, it all depends on the amount of traffic the server will handle and the type of website it hosts.
Servers are usually located inside a server room usually kept very cold by air-conditioning units devoted to the optimal operation of computer servers. A building or area dedicated to this purpose is called a data center. Data centers can handle massive amounts of data per day and are connected through special and expensive lines to the internet.
Web hosting servers can hold websites, e-mail accounts, files, databases and applications.