hosting is like internet real estate. Having a web
"page" does nothing for you if it is not available to
others via the internet.
If you want to build a house
you need a place to build it and roads wide enough to handle the
traffic to get to it. Similarly, if you want to build a website, you
need server space to store your files and enough bandwidth to access your
site. This is web hosting. Just like a house or
business, web sites require constant monitoring and maintenance to
keep them up and running continuously. Web hosting includes
all of this, and best of all everything happens in the background
without any effort on your part.
Here are some terms you might find helpful in
understanding web hosting:
All of the images and files for your website are stored on computers
called servers. These servers run 24 hours a day to allow your
web site to be accessed any time of the day or night. They run
specialized software to allow specific programming, and are
monitored 24/7 for proper operation. The server software is
updated regularly for security protection and upgrades.
Hosting also includes dedicated technicians that can work to restore
any interruptions in a timely manner. All of this happens 24/7
without you ever
Every account comes with its own control panel that is filled with
tools for managing your site. You can add counters, password protect
directories, check your site statistics, add or remove email
addresses, forward email, set up autoresponders, and more! Click
here for a screenshot of the online control panel.
Whenever you access a web page, send an email, download a file, etc.
you are transferring data, also referred to as using bandwidth. High
traffic websites may require large amounts of bandwidth while
websites with few visitors tend to use less. Through your
control panel you can track how much of your available bandwidth you
Your website is your personal place on the World Wide Web. You can
use it to run a business, show family photos, etc. You can design it
yourself or hire us. We are happy to assist you in setting up
your web site and take pride in offering many features that make
websites work. Features such as online shopping
cart programs for stores, online calendars, mailing lists, and
more! These features are what separate sites with little
content from those that visitors will come to again and again.