by Alex Benko, 2by2host

Web hosting

Web hosting is a web service that enables businesses and individuals to have web sites on the Internet. The web sites can then be accessed and viewed with a web browser or any other web-aware application.

In order for the web pages to be displayed and viewed a web server is needed. The common ones are Apache and Microsoft IIS. These are applications that run on the server computer and allow everybody else on the Internet access your site. It is a pretty complicated process that is controlled and managed by web hosting provider.

When you need a web site you will need three main things:

  1. Domain name
  2. Web hosting account
  3. Application or a web development service to build your site

Most web hosting providers offer the first two but it makes sense to find one that understands web development in general and how applications work.

It makes sense to buy domain name and web hosting package from the same provider. Although before making any decisions make sure you will have complete control of your domain and your hosting account. Not all providers give you that and it is very important to have as it is your intellectual property.

Our recommendation of the best web hosting packages to run your site on is either our managed shared hosting or GoEasy plan. Both of them work with American or International domains and have the necessary tools for you to build your site. A lot of people recommend these as reliable and versatile web hosting packages and we also can help you with web development and design.