Hosting is very simply the renting of a storage unit where your website will reside. Once rented you will assign your domain name to the unit that you have rented or leased. This process is similar to your business renting or leasing a unit and parking your dba or corporation at the location.
Don’t confuse renting a storage unit with putting something in it. A website host is like a landlord renting you space. Your website itself is equivalent to furniture, equipment and supplies to be used inside your new space.
Creating a website is different than having someplace to put it. Just because you rented a space don’t expect your landlord to furnish it also. You, a member of your staff or a development company will need to design the website for your hosted place.
The hosting company will typically provide you with e-mail capability also. This gives you the added professionalism of sending out e-mail that comes from your domain. This is another area where a qualified consultant or web developer can be of valuable assistance.
When selecting a hosting company there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all is the undeniable belief in the old adage that you get what you pay for. You can find hosting companies that will display your web pages for free! I’m sorry to disappoint you, but nothing is free.
Most of the allegedly “free” hosting companies inundate your site visitors with pop-up ads or place banner ads (which you have no control over) at the top, on the side, or even in the middle of your web pages.
Fortunately, good website hosting is relatively inexpensive these days and Feral Grafix can help you secure quality, dependable, flexible hosting services that will grow with you.