What is Web Hosting?

Dec 4, 2013 | Blog, Web Hosting

In one of my previous blog posts, I wrote about the different types of web hosting, and why making the right choice matters for both nonprofit organizations and businesses of any size. But a
question I get asked quite often (including this morning), is the question, “What is web hosting?” In this blog post, I will briefly explain what it is, and why it is a crucial part of your presence on the web.

Whenever I answer the question “What is Web Hosting,” I begin by explaining, in simple terms, the 3 costs of owning a website, which are:

  1. Development
    This is the initial cost of building your website. A cheap website might be built for a few hundred dollars, and a really expensive site might go for five or ten thousand dollars or more. This is the design, functionality, and brand of your website.
  2. URL (Domain Name, or your website address)
    This is the domain name of your website. Our domain name is “barredowlweb.com.” This is an annual (ongoing) cost of typically between $10-$30 per year.
  3. Web Hosting
    (The point of this blog post)

Image of a ServerThe internet is not a magical, mystical place that is just “out there.” It is a system of highly complex networks, servers, and routers. Likewise, websites exist (are located) on very sophisticated (and very real, physical) servers.

Web hosting is the service companies (like us) provide to keep your website online. Highly sophisticated servers (with access to fast internet speeds) must be configured properly, monitored 24/7, and fixed whenever problems arise.

Most web developers and designers are not server administrators, and that is why you often times hire two different companies to provide these two very different services. Graphic designers are NOT server administrators, and server administrators are not designers!

Without a web hosting provider, your website would simply not work. The hosting provider is the last (but one of the most important) steps to making it available on the internet.

Learn more about us or what we do, or visit our home page.

Why Choose Barred Owl Web?

The Barred Owl Web team is technically proficient, extremely responsive and provides a high level of customer satisfaction.  We highly recommend Barred Owl Web for web development, technical, and customer support.
– Enrique Fiallo, Director of Technology, NET Institute

Barred Owl Web is the hosting company to call first for nonprofits. Their solutions-oriented, customer – and client – focused approach to web hosting provides agencies the ability to consistently and reliably get their messages out to those who need to hear it. You can count on Barred Owl Web to be responsive to the unique needs of your agency. Barred Owl Web’s customer service is exceptional, and it is kind. Contact them and see for yourself!
Rebecca Whelchel, Executive Director, Metropolitan Ministries (MetMin)

Barred Owl Web has always been responsive to our needs as a small nonprofit. They have helped us immensely with issues like Web server security updates and PCI compliance.
Evan Donovan, Web Developer, Tech Mission

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Chattanooga, TN 37424

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