Website hosting explained

Your website domain is one prerequisite for a website; the second is to have website hosting. With website hosting, you pay a service provider to ‘host’ your website on the internet.

Think of your domain (www.yourwebsite.com) as a folder containing everything that makes up your website (the content, design elements etc.) and web hosting as the filing cabinet into which you place your website.

A web hosting service provider owns a large number of ‘web servers’ (filing cabinets) and these are used to store your website, ready for it to be shown to users, for which you pay a monthly or annual fee. OK, let’s take you through the process of purchasing your website hosting and domain registration

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