Web Hosting FAQs: What is web hosting?

Hi I’m Paul Steinbrueck of OurChurch.com. In this series of videos I’m answering common web hosting questions. Now one of the most basic and common questions that we are asked on a regular basis is, What is web hosting?”

While there’s a very long technical answer to that, the very simple answer is that it is space on a computer – also known as a web server – that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve up or show your web pages to the people who want to view them.

Self-hosting

Now if you wanted to you could keep your web pages on your own computer and run web server software on it, but the downside of that is that anytime you shutdown your computer your website would not be available anymore.

Another option that some people choose is to setup a dedicated computer at their home or office, run the web server software on it and because it’s connected to the internet just for that it’s available more often. But the downside of that is if there’s a power outage or your internet service provider has an outage then your website goes down also.

Reliable Web Hosting

So the big advantage that you have of going with a web hosting services company is the reliability and in our case here at OurChurch.com our servers are in the data center that is structurally built to withstand tornado force winds, it has a backup diesel generator and it has tech support people in the data center 24/7 so if some of the hardware goes bad it can be quickly replaced.

That’ how we can keep websites up 99.9% of the time.

Superior Support 

Now one of the other aspects of web hosting that’s often overlooked is the customer service. Because not only are you just adding space on a server you’re getting people who can help you with your website, with your hosting, with you’re mail all that sort of stuff.

A lot of companies that have cheap web hosting are able to do that because they outsource their support. We don’t do that, our mission is to help you achieve your mission online and so we want to be there for you.

You call us and we’ll help you with whatever sorts of technical issues that you’re having.

So if you are looking for web hosting services for your Christian church, school, ministry or business I hope you will consider OurChurch.com. Thank you.

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Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as .

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