What Is Web Hosting? Why Do I Need It?

Today I received an email from a gal who was curious about switching from Blogger to WordPress, but wasn’t sure what web hosting is or why she needs it. I thought it was a great question, so I decided to post the answer publicly on my blog:

“Very simply put, any kind of website (blogs included) are a series of files, just like files you save to your computer. Web page files must be saved on a server, which is basically a giant computer that is connected to the internet. When someone visits your web page, their web browser accesses those files ‘hosted’ on the server in order to display the page.

“Some companies, including Blogger (owned by Google), will allow you to create a blog and host your web files free of charge. However, the catch is that there are a lot of limitations to what you can do, and Google owns all of your content (meaning they could delete all of your blog files without notice at any time, if they chose to do so).

“The alternative option is a ‘self-hosted’ blog (meaning you host your own web page files – you can do this by renting space on a server, like I mentioned above. I have my own server, and web hosting is a service I provide!). WordPress is software installed on your hosting account and is used to manage your blog content. It is provided free of charge and without limitation (meaning they claim no ownership of the content published using their software).”

Post by: Jessica Barnard

Comments

  1. Great post. I’ll direct people to this post who ask me about my blog. (it happens often)

  2. I have a blogger blog and am having it converted to wordpress. I had no idea about web hosting and everything. This was a good post to explain it. I am having my site designed and it’s still in the works. I am loving it!

  3. I am fixing to start moving all of my stuff over to WordPress I have several blogs and several websites but ready to make the move

  4. Anirban Pathak says:

    Great Post. I have a blogger blog and am having it converted to wordpress. I had no idea about web hosting and everything. This was a good post to explain it. I am having my site designed and it’s still in the works.

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