What is web hosting?
Web hosting refers to a service that puts your website on the internet. In other words, it makes your website available and accessible to your users.
Hosting services store the files and data that make up your website and domain emails on servers (specialised heavy-duty computers). When someone enters your website’s address (e.g. www.hostingaustralia.com.au), a connection is made between the user’s computer and your hosting company’s server, allowing your site’s files to be displayed as your webpage on their screen.
Because people and businesses want their site to be accessible 100% of the time, servers are located in data centres – environments that are both climate controlled and secure, providing an always-on connectivity with the internet.
One of the factors to keep in mind when you’re on the prowl for a hosting company is where their data centre is. For several industries, using servers that are located overseas is actually breaching Australian privacy laws, so choosing a company that offers onshore servers is non-negotiable to properly safeguard you and your users’ data.
There are a few main types of web hosting available, and the scale of your business will determine which would suit best:
- Shared hosting
- Dedicated server hosting
- VPS hosting
- Cloud hosting
If you’re unsure which of the above is the best option for your business, get in touch with the Hosting Australia team on 1300 368 359 to find out more today.