Web hosting

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial.

Web hosting

Making a website available on the Internet. A website contains pages of information stored in a Web server, which is a computer running Web server software connected to the Internet (see website and Web server).

Most organizations use a cloud computing service or an Internet service provider (ISP) to host their websites. A company may require a dedicated Web server or multiple Web servers, while many small businesses share a single server with other customers. To put the equipment into perspective, up to 100 servers can fit in one rack that takes up four square feet of floor space in a datacenter (see blade server). See cloud computing, ISP and server virtualization.

Host Your Own Site
Some enterprises manage their own websites inhouse; however, they can also move their servers to a colocation center to avoid having to house, power and cool the equipment (see colocation).

Customers with residential Internet access may try to run websites on their own Web servers, but ISPs often block Web server traffic to a non-business subscriber. However, over the years, the cost of Web hosting has dropped considerably, and people can have small websites hosted for a few dollars per month. See DDNS relay.

Personal Websites
ISPs may host a personal website with a page limit at no additional cost above the monthly fee for Internet access. In such cases, the individual's name is subordinate to the ISP's domain name; for example, www.friendlyISP.com/john_doe. In order to show a professional face to the world, individuals can register a unique domain name and have their site hosted under that name; for example, www.john_doe.com (see how to register a domain name).
References in periodicals archive ?
The Best Web Hosting Providers website has gone through several changes and upgrades since it was first started, the most recent version boasts an easier to read and navigate layout as well as an informative industry blog.
Typically, Web hosting companies say they will provide "reasonable security" says Bradley Gross, a senior technology law attorney with Becker & Poliakoff P.
Just a few years ago, Web hosting implied a simple static Web site on a single dedicated or shared server.
Lunarpages is also offering $700 worth of CoffeeCup software to all 12 or 24 month web hosting subscribers.
eIuNow that cable and telecommunications companies offer Internet service, Web hosting is the next logical product to add to their bundled service offering,eIN said John Lee, Director of global marketing for Hostway.
Rodriguez has a strong history of Web hosting industry experience, beginning in 2001 with Dialtone Internet, and later with Interland.
Hostway Corporation provides Web hosting and managed services to more than 400,000 customers worldwide.
TopHosts has ranked Hostway as the number-one hosting provider from 2000-2005, Netcraft deemed Hostway the most reliable Web hosting provider site for four months in 2005 and Web Host Directory has also rated Hostway the number one Unix Hosting Provider for January 2006.
Canada Web Hosting (CWH) is a 100% Canadian owned and operated Managed Hosting Provider with Operations Centers in downtown Toronto and Vancouver.
Additionally, the Company provides advertising space on its website through the state-of-the-art 'Rediff pay4clicks' ad service to promote individual websites hosted on the Rediff web hosting platform.
Interland offers a wide selection of online sales and marketing services, including standardized Web hosting, eCommerce, application hosting, and Web-site development, e-marketing and optimization tools.
Our goal is to provide high value Web hosting packages with a price that is affordable and accessible to our customers.