Do I need Website Hosting?
So…do you need website hosting? In order to answer that question, we’ll explain exactly what Website Hosting is. We’ll take you from the very beginning and work up to some fairly advanced concepts – but don’t worry, everything on this page is suitable for absolute beginners If you’re new to buying web hosting or running a web site, this page could answer some of those confusing questions.
What is Website Hosting?
Think about the files and folders on your computer. They are stored on the hard disk of your desktop or laptop computer, ready for you to access them whenever you like. A web page is a file, just like your word processing documents. Just as your word processing documents require your computer to store them, all web pages require a computer to store them on before somebody can access them.
The difference is that web pages are generally intended to be seen by the general public. To enable this, the computer on which they must be stored must be of a much more capable than an average one, and must have a very powerful connection to the internet.
A computer on which web pages are stored is called a web server (because it serves pages, on request, to users on the Internet). Collectively a bunch of web pages is a web site, and collectively all the web pages in the world form the World Wide Web (WWW).
The job of making web sites and web pages available to many users is called web hosting. We sometimes like to call the product we offer web space, because we are selling “space” on the Internet for you to host your web site. Web space is measured in megabytes, in exactly the same way as the space on your own computer is measured.
Why do I need Website Hosting?
It is technically possible to connect your own PC or Mac to the Internet and have it serve pages. But it is not practical since usually a home-based Internet connection is not good enough to serve many users at the same time.
For this reason, web hosting companies exist. They own and maintain very powerful web servers which store your web pages. They connect these web servers to the Internet by very powerful connections, enabling many web users to access your web pages at the same time.
If you want to run a web site you need web hosting because unless you’ve got unlimited funds and are very technically minded, you would not be able to afford the web servers and connections necessary.
What else do Web Hosting companies do?
As well as providing web space web hosting companies provide other “value-added” services. Specifically, eStage Digital aim to expertise in working with Creatives, such as Actors and Producers. The aim of having such a niche target market is to provide a great quality service and show a good understanding of the requirements of such a diverse group of people – it also allows the team to focus on what is most important for people in that industry.
Hosting companies also provide services such as Domain Registration, Design Services and Package Offers. A very sought after quality in such companies would be great quality service & support.