In order to have a website that’s accessible via the world wide web, you need to have hosting. For individuals and smaller organisations leasing ‘space’ from web hosting companies is the most cost efficient and most easy to manage option.
So what is hosting?
Hosting is where your website will ‘sit’. Any images and content that you upload to your website will be stored with your hosting provider. It’s what gives the body of your website substance as it were.
If you’ve got personal websites or small business websites, then hosting can start from as little as a few pounds a month. Most hosting companies offer better deals if you buy annual hosting and this can start from £14.99 with companies such as TSO Host. Their Lite deal, for example, lets you host two websites, have 10 mailboxes and also has a one-click WordPress Installation functionality.
As well as using a hosting provider, many small businesses often have their own servers and can provide hosting for you, even if it’s not their main product. From a personal standpoint, managing your own hosting means that you have access to it as and when you want. In addition, many hosting providers have excellent customer service and can talk you through most problems.