What Is Web Hosting? Explained

hi I'm Tony Mehta from picker web and in

this video I'm going to explain

everything you need to know about web

hosting at the end of this video you'll

have all the information you need to

make an informed decision when you buy a

hosting service sound like a plan

great let's get started


okay so the basics hosting is the home

of your website if you're on a website

you'll need somewhere to host it that's

exactly what web hosting is now there

are different types of hosting services

you've got shared hosting reseller

hosting Virtual Private servers or VPS

and dedicated servers but we're going to

be looking at shared hosting in this

video because that's the most popular

and affordable type of hosting so

hosting is basically the computer and

network infrastructure that keeps your

website available across the internet it

also provides other key services like

email for you so how does it all work

well it all starts with a server which

is basically a powerful computer which

is stored in a highly secure

purpose-built multi-million pound

facility called the data center the data

center provides the network and powered

connectivity with temperature control

backup systems fire suppression and high

levels of physical security security is

also important at the server level so

the servers are actually built with dual

components four critical components

things like hard drives and power supply

units and the reason for this is to make

sure that your website is available but

all times so when you order a hosting

service what you're actually purchasing

is the physical disk space on the server

as well as the bandwidth which is a

network connection for the server and

you'll often see hosting advertised in

terms of disk space and bandwidth so you

might see for example five gig five

gigabytes of disk space and 100

gigabytes of bandwidth per month so the

disk space that covers your website and

all of your files including key files

things like your emails and the monthly

bandwidth allowance this is the amount

of traffic that comes in and out of your

web science and your hosting space so

that will usually most of it will be

made up by email traffic in and out but

also things like people visiting your

website and where you actually publish

your website files in order to manage

your web hosting you'll need access to a


interface called a control panel the one

of the most popular control panel is

called cPanel and this allows you to

manage key areas of your hosting things

like setting up email addresses managing

domains and forwarding managing

databases that kind of thing and this

shields you basically from any of the

sort of technical aspects of the hosting

if you want to build your own website

you can use a tool like website builder

which is included and this basically

allows non-technical users to build and

maintain a website and it uses templates

pre-made templates you just add your own

text and images and then can publish it

for more advanced users or maybe you've

got a web designer then there are more

advanced tools and applications which

are included for free so so you can sort

of manage databases and also use other

tools to build your website and these

kind of saw these applications these

include popular content management

systems like WordPress as well as more

advanced ecommerce tools like PrestaShop

and Magento so you can start selling

online other security features are

things like anti-spam software and data

backup and these ensure the integrity of

your email and your data if if you're

with one hosting company and you want to

transfer to another hosting company

that's very straightforward this is a

process called migration and basically

your files are copied from your current

hosting to your new hosting service

there are just a couple of small changes

that need to be made to your domains and

name server settings for that process to

be fully completed ok so there you have

it that's your quick guide to web

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