If you have recently begun the process of developing a website for your business or are still in the information gathering process, chances are you have come across the term website hosting. You may be asking yourself, what is hosting, and do I need it? In this article, we will discuss this and related topics and give you a clear understanding of what hosting is.

In this article, we will discuss 3 topics related to hosting. 

  • Website Hosting 
  • Website Maintenance
  • SSL Security

 What is hosting?

The simplest way to think of hosting is by comparing the internet to a shopping center. In a shopping center, you have to pay rent to have your own space. In this space, you can sell and promote whatever you want and in the decor of your choosing. In exchange for this, you pay rent. This is no different from your website. Hosting is paying rent to have your website on the internet.  

In this metaphor, your shop front is a server. All your website’s content and information has to be stored on a server similar to the one shown below. This server acts as a memory card that connects to the internet. 

In this metaphor, your shop front is a server. All your website’s content and information has to be stored on a server similar to the one shown below. This server acts as a memory card that connects to the internet.

Fig. 1 – A data centre where websites are stored

servers

The below image gives a clear example of the role hosting plays in your business’s online presence. When a website is being developed, all the site’s information is kept on a server. The server is connected to the internet and shares your information with the world. This is how your customers can find your website.

how servers work

Website maintenance 

Now that we have discussed what hosting is, let’s look at some of the other factors that can be included with hosting. Just like renting out a shop front, you are not in full control of the building and updates will be eventually needed. This is the same with your website. There is a constant need for updates and small fixes. 

For your shop front, you would overcome this issue by having property insurance. This is not mandatory but it can save you a lot of money in the long run. This is the same concept as website maintenance. It is an insurance policy for your website to make sure that if anything ever goes wrong, your management company will make sure your website is safe, secure & available online at all times. 

 SSL Security 

Just link on the high street, you may have criminals who will find weak points in your website to gain entry. These cybercriminals are looking for the data of your customers. SSL Security is the online equivalent of having a security guard at the entrance of your shop who can prevent these from gaining entry.

SSL Security not mandatory for your website, but it gives your customers the peace of mind that their personal information will be kept safe. When users see the SSL security symbol in the search bar they can be assured that your website is safe and can be trusted with personal information. 

Fig. 2 – An SSL security cert in action

SSL Security

Conclusion

We hope this article was able to answer any questions you had regarding your website’s hosting. If you are interested in having your website hosted with BeQuick Media click here to view our hosting, maintenance and SSL Security packages.  

James Dorrian Solicitor Marketing and Website Design

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