What Is Hosting

Summary of “What Is Hosting”

Technically, hosting can refer to many things.  Are you hosting a party, hosting a debate, hosting a website, etc.  In this video, Paul Steinbrueck of OurChurch.Com is talking about web hosting.  What is hosting and what are some things to consider as you look for a web host.

Website hosting is simply providing space on a computer for website files and making those files available for people to access on the web 24/7.  This is usually done on a web server, though some people have tried to host websites on their own home computers.  The key, however, is that a web host is a place for you to have your website so other people can access it online.

If you are trying to decide on a web hosting solution, you need to know a little more than the simple definition of web hosting.  The first question you’ll need to ask yourself is whether you want to self-host or go with a web hosting company.  I highly recommend the latter.  While it may seem like you can save some money by hosting your website yourself, the reality is that it will probably cost you a lot more in the long run.  Here’s why:

  • Your computer has to be up 24/7 with a consistent, fast internet connection.  Any time when your computer is shut down or cannot access the internet, your website is down.  That may cost you leads and sales or cause you to miss out on people who would have visited your organization.
  • You need to have the right web hosting software and good security software.  If you don’t already have these, you’ll need to purchase them which, of course, cost money.  Constantly keeping your computer on also costs money both in electricity and wear and tear of your computer.
  • You have to do all the server maintenance yourself.  If you have a web hosting company and something goes wrong, they’ll fix it.  If you host yourself and something goes wrong, you have to fix it, even at 3am, or suffer the down time.

If you’ve decided to go with a company to host your website, there are three primary things you need to consider as you make your choice.

  1. Is the host reliable?  Do they have a consistent record of little to no down-time?
  2. Does the web host offer quality support?  Can you reach someone when you have a question or need help?
  3. Are they secure?  Does the company keep up with security updates and address security holes quickly?  Does the company keep secure backups of your website just in case data is lost?

A Christian Web Host?

One more thing you may want to consider is whether the company fits with your organizations beliefs and ideals.  Are you going to be sharing server space with pornographic material?  Does the host use morally questionable advertising?  Or does the host have the same ideals and beliefs as you and have a similar mission?

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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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