WHAT IS WEBSITE HOSTING?
Website Hosting provides the space for your website to live online once it has been built.
Your website is made up of files very similar to those found on your home computer. The difference is that they are written in the language used by internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.
As your own files live on your computer, the files for your site need hard drive space to live on. Most importantly, those files need to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year. Additionally, your web space needs a fast and powerful connection so that thousands of users ever hour can log on and visit your site for important information.
Your Website Lives on a Web Server
The specialized computer, known as a “web server”, that stores your website files and keeps your e-mails safe until you access them, is far more than just a standard personal computer. It also contains hundreds of software programs that support and add to the way your website functions. Some of these functions track visitors to your site and protect it from harmful attacks. Other programs add functions to your site, such as the ability to run a database or back up your files.
When you register a domain name, part of the information you provide are “nameservers”. This is the information, recorded around the world, that tells every browser where to find the files associated with that domain.
Website Hosting provides two primary factors for your site, “disk space” and “bandwidth”.
What is “Disk Space”?
Disk Space is the amount of space on the web server allocated to your site. It gives a home to your website files as well as your e-mails. If you regularly download your e-mails to a program such as Outlook Express or Thunderbird the space needed for e-mails is quite small. However, if you store your e-mails permanently on the server, especially if you receive a large amount of Spam, you will use a little more storage space.
A good web server, such as ours at Wilmington Web, can help you filter out spam, either as it arrives at the server, or by flagging it so your own software knows to filter it out when you receive new mail.
Your website itself will probably use a surprisingly small amount of server space. The files that make up your website have to stay small and compressed in size, so that they download quickly to every computer, even those on a slower internet connection.
What is “Bandwidth”?
Bandwidth measures the amount of traffic to and from your website. When visitors access your site, the files that make up your pages are sent to them electronically. The more visitors your site gets the more capacity for traffic you need. Bigger files, such as videos or music, need more traveling space, and so they use more bandwidth.
Our Wilmington Web Dedicated Servers.
Wilmington Web hosting takes place on “dedicated” servers. This means our entire computer power online is ONLY used by Wilmington Web clients! Many other providers share space with other companies to reduce costs. Sharing servers can slow down access to your website as well as limiting the services your site can provide.
At Wilmington Web, our internet power is working only for you. This allows us to give your website exactly what it needs at all times, and keep it fast and accessible for thousands of visitors all over the world!
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WEB HOSTING OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SET UP YOUR WEBSITE HOSTING TODAY GIVE US A CALL AT 910-452-6345.