For the most part, web hosting refers to the physical act of leasing or purchasing a webserver and bandwidth so that you can display a website on the Internet, or better put, the World Wide Web.

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Web hosting may seem like some super hard thing to do, but it’s really not. There’s some more information you’re going to need, but we’ll get to that in posts ahead.

For now, just concentrate on getting familiar with the terminology of web hosting. For instance, here are some terms you’re going to want to know about:

  • Type of Server – Whether it’s a shared server, a so called slice of a computer cloud, a VDS (Virtual Dedicated Server) or a full-blown Dedicated Server (or a combination of many dedicated servers for some websites), you’re going to need to learn some about the different levels of web hosting that are available these days.
  • Bandwidth – While this isn’t going to be a problem for most people who need web hosting, if you’re planning on serving a lot of audio or video, you may run into bandwidth or throughput limits. If you’re running a site that has large files (really large files), you’ll want to calculate how much bandwidth you’re going to realistically need each month – and factor in growth as well.
  • Domain Names – This is another area of web hosting you’re going to want to become familiar with. This is the address for your web hosting. Whether it’s a .com, a .org or a .net or on of the many other TLD (top level domains), you’re going to need one along with your web hosting.

There are actually quite a few other things you’re going to need. In the next few posts, we’re going to go over some of the other basics to web hosting. From there, we’ll delve occasionally into more intermediate and advanced topics.

Stay tuned for more!