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So just what exactly is web hosting, and why do you need it? To really understand what it is, you need a fundamental understanding of what the internet is, and how it works.

The internet is simply a large network of connected computers. Each computer on the internet has its own IP address, represented by a string of numbers. An IP address might look like “192.168.0.1”. There are 4 numbers, ranging from 0-255, separated by periods. Your IP address is how one computer connects to another.

When you type a web address into your browser, such as “www.google.com”, your web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) connects to a DNS server, (Domain name services). Your computer asks the DNS server “I’m looking for google.com”, and the DNS server responds “google.com is at 173.194.70.100”. Your computer then connects to that IP address. The IP address you connect to is a web server, a computer or series of computers that contain the files for your web site. The server then sends the requested information to the computer that requested it.

Web hosting is required in order to have a web site, so that is is accessible by people on the internet. There are many web hosting providers, and hosting for small web sites is usually very inexpensive. The type of hosting you require will depend on your web site, the functions it provides, and how much traffic it will receive.

We can assist you in setting up hosting for your web site if needed. You will require a domain name as well, which is a separate expense. We do not recommend purchasing your domain from your web host, as it limits your ability to control ownership of that domain, or transfer to another host later. Contact us for help setting up your web hosting.

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