“What is hosting a website?” is one of those questions that I wrongly assume people are familiar with. It is rude of me to blab on about a subject without asking my reader if they even know what I am talking about.
I am going to explain what hosting is, and how you arrange for it. You’ll want to click on the links below for further details on some of my comments.
If you want to have a website on the Internet it has to “live” somewhere. Everything you look at on the Internet is being hosted on a server somewhere.
Think of it as saving a picture or a file on your own computer. When you create a website it has to be saved somewhere. You use a “third party” host so that people on the Internet can see it. (You would not want them wandering onto your personal computer to access the website you are creating).
All of the files and design characteristics, images, written content and everything else that makes up a website has to be someplace in an organized fashion that allows the Internet to find them.
It is called “hosting.“
Here are the steps.
- Decide what you want your domain name to be (URL)
- Purchase that domain name from a registrar
- Arrange for a hosting account from a company that provides that service.
- Go back to the registrar and aim the domain to the hosting company.
It sounds more complex than it is. The registrar and the hosting company will help you with these two steps.
Once the hosting company is recognized you will be part of the wild world web and you can begin creating your website (or having someone else do it for you.
Normally in my world, that would involve selecting to download WordPress and begin setting up my account. More on that in another post.