When you’re starting a blog all the technical details can be overwhelming. You know what you want to write about. You know what you want to name your website. Now you need to choose a web host but you’re thinking, “What is a web host?”
What Is a Web Host?
A great way to understand web hosting is to think of the entire internet as a sit-down restaurant. You are one chef creating dishes in the kitchen. Readers are diners who order and consume what you make. Your web host is the server who brings what you make to the table.
Interestingly enough, web hosting actually DOES use servers. Hosts use special computers made to hold all the files that make up your website (and all the other websites of those people who also use your host). These servers store the files and then let people access them when they type in your web address or click on your links.
Why can’t I serve my own website
You CAN certainly set up a server and host your website from your home. However, that involves owning computer equipment that will allow that activity. It also involves some pretty advanced IT skills. If you know what you’re doing, GO FOR IT! But if you’re here, asking what a host is, you probably aren’t at that level.
Not to mention, those little details. Web hosts have to know all about uptime, downtime, registering domains, etc. If you don’t know what that means, GREAT! You know who does? Your host. Let them deal with it. If you have questions, ask.
Web Hosting is about the experience
Not only will your host be able to serve your site to the masses, but they will also be able to help you! Customer services like transferring domains, helping set up WordPress, and keeping your site secure from hackers give hosts a leg up. You might have to pay a bit extra for these services, but you can trust that these people know the system and have the expertise to work through problems with you.
When you want to start a blog or business online people have to be able to get to your website. You are the chef creating the site. The host is the server, helpfully bringing your great content to the table!