Web Hosting 101: Where Does Your Website Live?
You’ve built your website. It’s beautiful! And it’s time to release that website to the world. But wait! You’re not quite ready yet. You first need to determine where you’ll host your website – meaning, where your website might live. Confused? Good. Read on!
Where does My website live?
You may ask, “Doesn’t my website live on the Internet?” The truth is, not really. You can view your website on the Internet, but the website itself – all the images and code that create an interactive digital experience – actually lives on a computer called a server.
In other words, your website lives on a machine. Like any other machine, a server needs regular maintenance and can occasionally have a meltdown that causes your website to temporarily disappear from the Internet – which in turn, may cause headaches for you.
Wait! What do I do when my website goes down?
Don’t worry! Just like when a car has a flat tire, if your website’s server has a “flat tire” it can be repaired and back on the road in no time. But more often than not, you’ll need some roadside assistance. Lucky for you, your web host is there to help with any ASAP repairs!
What is a web host?
Your web host is the company that owns the server your website lives on. If you’re a larger company, your web host may even be your internal IT department.
Web hosts rent their servers to companies like yours so that you can have a place for your website to live. In turn, your web host will provide regular maintenance to your server, keeping it secure and functioning smoothly.
They’re also constantly monitoring your server so if you ever get a “flat tire” that takes your website offline, they’ll be working on repairs before you notice anything is amiss. (You should still contact them in these situations so you know when to expect your website to be back online.)
How do I pick a web host?
This could be an entirely different post (stay tuned!), but in short – like many other things in the world, when searching for a web host, you get what you pay for. In this case, you’re paying for the service, security, and speed of your website’s home.
Savage will write some more on this topic in the near future, but in the meantime, you can chat with us for more details.
How does Savage play a role in this?
We’re your web developer! We don’t specialize in server setup or maintenance, but we know the lingo so we can help you make sure you get what you need from your web host when launching your website.
To streamline the communication process, you can even host through us. We have a web host that rents us a server, and if you choose to host your website there, we’ll communicate directly with the web host for setup, maintenance, and repairs so you don’t have to decipher technical jargon.
What if I have more questions?
Reach out to Savage and we’ll tell you what you need to know. Also, don’t be afraid to suggest other web topics you’re dying for us to demystify!