A website is a powerful and essential business tool as consumers become more reliant on the digital space. As a business owner, it is necessary to make a website for your business. While users only view the front end of your business website, the actual web pages, the business owner must complete additional background actions to ensure the best user experience. One of those initial steps is determining a website hosting service.
We often get the question from clients, “Why do I need hosting for my website?” Here’s a brief explanation as to why hosting is required for every website.
What does hosting a website mean?
A website is just a bunch of files: HTML files, CSS files (stylesheets), images, photos, etc. All of these files need to be in a folder on a computer that is connected to the internet in order for it to be requested to be viewed by others. The computer that does this is usually called a “server” because it serves up website files when people visit it. When you purchase hosting from a company, you are paying that company to put your files on their web server.
Hosting is necessary because you need a way to connect your website to the internet. It is only when your website is available on the internet that users are able to find and view your web pages. Using your domain name, or the website’s unique URL, users can search for your website, which triggers the hosting server to send those website files to the user’s web browser.
Business Website Hosting
In regards to your business website hosting server, it enables consumers to locate and view your company online. Having an appropriate hosting service impacts the quality and performance of your business website.
The features of your business website will impact your hosting needs. How much space it takes depends on the purpose of your website. Is your business website just a portal for information? Will it have a blog? Will you be selling products via the website? For example, an e-commerce site will require more complex hosting than a landing page. Also if your website will hold a lot of pictures and videos, it will need more space than a site that is primarily simple images and text. The more features and traffic your website has, the more hosting space it will require in order to function properly.
In order to make a website for your business, you will need to have a hosting provider. It is a critical component to store your files and information and allows the consumer to access your website.