What is Web Hosting?

what is web hosting?Continuing our series of video blog posts on Web Hosting FAQs, in this video I answer one of the most fundamental questions – what is web hosting?

If you’d prefer top read the transcript: Web Hosting FAQs: What is web hosting?

The short, non-technical answer is that web hosting is space on a computer (or web server) that is connected to the Internet and designed to display (or serve) web pages when requested by a web browser.

The two biggest reasons the vast majority of people and organizations choose to use a professional web hosting service provider are reliability and support.

Reliable Web Hosting 

You could host your website on your own computer or a computer in your office, but your website would go down every time you have a computer, power or Internet problem.  Professional web hosting service providers are usually able to keep your website available nearly 100% of the time because servers are in data centers that are designed to withstand major storms, have a back-up diesel generators, redundant internet connections, 24×7 support staff and a supply of back-up parts and servers. (This is true of our data center.)

Superior Support

The other thing you get with web hosting service, is customer support.  Many free/cheap web hosts outsource their tech support.  At OurChurch.Com all our support is provided by our friendly, Christian, U.S. based employees.  Our mission is to help you achieve your mission online, so we  want to be there for you when you have questions about your website, email or even if you just want to pray with someone.

Discussion

Have you ever tried to host a website on your own computer?  How did that go?

When it comes to website hosting, how important is good customer support to you? Is it critically important to you or are you willing to endure poor support to save a few dollars?

See other posts in the Web Hosting FAQs video blog series

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

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