Web Hosting is a service that allocates space and resources on a server specifically for the files that make up your website. It allows you to publish your website on the internet so your audience can access it and view it.
That's a loaded description of Web Hosting. Let's look at a wider view of it.
Just as you need a physical location if you want to construct a store, building or house, you need a physical location for your website. All of the files (text, images, databases, videos etc.) that your website is made up of takes up space. While a domain name is essentially the address of your website, all of your website's files need to be stored somewhere. Web Hosting gives you that storage place.
Your files are stored on a server. A server is basically a very powerful computer that stores those files, but also is designed to deliver them to your visitor's web browser. The server where your website's files are stored is given an IP address. This IP address allows your visitors' computers to find your website to view it.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WEB HOSTING & SHARED HOSTING?
There actually isn't a difference between the two. Rather Shared Hosting is a type of Web Hosting service.
Shared Hosting is an affordable solution perfect if you have a small blog, a personal website with minimal traffic or if you are launching a new website. At Tupoa Hosting, our Shared Hosting is user-friendly making it ideal for both new and experienced users, regardless of resource needs.
If Shared Hosting doesn't sound like it will fit your needs, Tupoa Hosting offers a wide range of other Web Hosting options including:
Dedicated Server Hosting - This type of service is designed for websites with the most intensive resource needs. With Dedicated Hosting, only your files, websites, databases and email are hosted on the server. You don't share the server with any other users.
VPS Hosting - A virtual private server (VPS) falls between Shared and Dedicated Servers. With a VPS, you are hosted on a server shared with other users. However, through the use of virtualization, your account is partitioned off from those other users.
Reseller Hosting - This service is perfect if you're looking to start your own hosting company or are looking to host customer websites of your own. You can also sign up for Reseller Hosting if you'd like to have a separate cPanel control panel for each of your websites.