After the domain name has been registered, one needs acquire computer disk space to place the information (in the form of a web site) on so as to make it accessible worldwide, 24 hours a day or over a local network. This process is known as hosting or web hosting. The information, in the form of a web page or site (which are actually special computer files), is hosted on remote high powered computer usually called a server – (the reason for the name, server, being that it serves web pages on request. You request for a web page by typing a domain name into a web browser such as MS Internet Explorer). A process known as domain name pointing is done so that when you type in a particular domain name into a web browser, it displays information from the server on which you are hosting your web site.
Hosting (also known as Web site hosting, Web hosting, and Web hosting) is the business of housing, serving, and maintaining files for one or more Web sites. More important than the computer space that is provided for Web site files is the fast connection to the Internet. Most hosting services offer connections on
T-carrier system lines – which is many times faster than the speed at which the ordinary phone lines carry internet information. Typically, an individual business hosting its own site would require a similar connection and it would be expensive. Using a hosting service lets many companies share the cost of a fast Internet connection for serving files.
A number of hosting companies describe their services as virtual hosting. Virtual hosting usually implies that their services will be transparent and that each Web site will have its own domain name and set of e-mail addresses. In most usages, hosting and virtual hosting are synonyms. Some hosting companies let you have your own virtual server, the appearance that you are controlling a server that is dedicated entirely to your site.
Dedicated hosting is the provision of a dedicated server machine that is dedicated to the traffic to your Web site. Only very busy sites require dedicated hosting. Many companies purchase their own servers and place them on a site that provides fast access to the Internet. This practice is called collocation.