A web host is a place that stores your web site. What this means is that a company offers their server to your to put the files that make up your web site onto. Their server is connected to the internet. When someone on the internet types your domain name into their browser, your web site will appear in their browser.
You may hear web hosting service provider thrown around. This is a company that provides web hosting services. There are many different web hosting services providers. Some are better than others.
What do you need to host your web site?
You need basically three things. A web host, a web site and a domain name. Since we now know what a web host is let’s look at the next two items.
What is a web site?
A web site is all the files necessary to present the information you want on the internet. These files are html files, jpg files, gif files, video files and perhaps a database with all the scripts needed to get to the data.
If you are a beginner at creating a web site you will want to go with a simple application that helps you build web sites. One of the most popular applications or content management systems is called WordPress. WordPress is a blog management system, but is much more powerful than that. You can read more about why I chose WordPress here.
Themes have been developed that can make even the most basic beginner able to create a beautifully designed and efficient web site. Many of these themes are available free of charge, but the best ones do cost a little. If you want to know what WordPress theme I use and why, click here.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is the address that a person would type into their web browser to find your web site on the internet. Google.com is a good example. You will need to decide what you want your domain name to be. More on how to choose a domain name can be found here.
How do I choose a web host?
You have to decide what features and services you need. There are many web hosts available. Some are better than others.
You can find out how to choose a web host here.