What is Web Hosting?
Web Hosting aka “Hosting”
Web hosting is like the land where you build your house. This is the space on the Internet where you place your website’s files. Typically, web hosting runs on a server owned by a web hosting company — your web hosting is just a small section of that server.
Because web hosting is such a commonly used term, we usually shorten it to “hosting” — not to be confused with having people over for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Back to websites. If you want to really understand how websites work, let’s use the housing analogy again.
If you have a domain name but no hosting, it’s like having an address but no land. You can tell visitors where to go, but there’s nothing to show them once they get there.
If you have hosting but no domain name, you could have built the Taj Mahal, but you have no way of telling anyone how to get to it.
If you have a domain name and a hosting account — that’s where the magic begins. People go to your domain name/address and see your beautifully built website/house. Amazing.