WHAT IS WEB HOSTING?
I know a lot of you will be wondering why I am asking this simple question but the fact remains that lots of people don’t really understand what a web hosting is and will love to know exactly what it is.
In writing this article the first thing I did was to ask Google the same question am asking here and honestly I did not get the required answer I needed to know about WHAT IS WEB HOSTING but when I run a keyword search I found out that, 100 of persons have been searching daily on WHAT IS WEB HOSTING? meaning they don’t understand what it is so I decided to write about this topic this week.
In other to properly answer the question “WHAT IS WEB HOSTING”, let first of all understand what a HOST is then we will now use the knowledge to answer the question in context.
HOST is a person who receives or entertains other people as guests and this is the dictionary meaning of what a host is.
Being one of the most multi-sided terms on the Internet, ‘host’ can be used in a variety of contexts. When it comes to the computer world, the word host could mean a lot and can be seen from the network perspective as a network host and can also be seen from the web angle as a web host or other uses of host but in all it means something has more than enough for others to tap from.
HOST IN THE NETWORK PERSPECTIVE
From a networking point of view, a ‘host’ refers to any computer (server) that is interlinked with another machine(s) through an Internet connection. Each host has its unique IP address, formed by the computer’s local number and the particular number of the network it belongs to.
The Internet host, in this case, is responsible for storing data that will be transmitted to other machines, usually users’ computers, called remote terminals.
Another networking use of ‘host’ is when the Point-to-Point Protocol (aka PPP) is adapted for executing a connection between a user’s computer and his/her Internet provider.
In this case, the user is assigned a unique IP address for the time the Internet connection is being carried out, where the user’s computer acts as a host for that connection, which is actually a networking node.
The network host is now part of the internet connection between your internet service provider who is the host and you who is the subscriber.
HOST IN THE WEB PERSPECTIVE
In the language of web hosting, a ‘host’ refers to a web server that stores website files, as well as various programs and applications. In this light, a ‘host’ refers to the bundle of hardware, software and communication lines required for the hosting service to run smoothly.
To take advantage of this commercial use of ‘host’, website owners, individuals or companies need to sign up with a web hosting provider (the owners) and choose a plan that corresponds to their particular demands.
They will be able to connect to their particular host to make various file manipulation actions either via an in-built File Manager provided by the hosting company or via FTP access provided by the hosting provider, whereby the client’s FTP software connects to the provider’s FTP host server using an FTP connection. Very often, you could find the web hosting company itself to be referred to as a ‘host’ for the sake of brevity.
After seeing the meaning of a host, we can now conclude by providing an answer to the question “What is web hosting”.
Web hosting can be described as a huge server with software application in it that can be able to run the website we have created and if we want people to have access to our website, we can subscribe to the server then upload our website files to it then people can now have to access to the website we have created.
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