So you have done all the investigative work on getting a website for your business. You have researched what company you want to design the best possible website for you needs and you have also chosen what features are necessary for your website to perform the way you want it to.
If you have done all that you next question is probably; how do I get my site online so people can view it? This is where web hosting is the key.
When you website is built it is coded for web compatibility, but it is not until you have a hosting connection that people will be able to view your website. You will need web hosting to broadcast you website on the internet.
Web hosting allows you to upload your files for your web site using and FTP (file transfer protocol) server. This server puts your information online via your domain address.
When you type in a web address in your internet browser you are taken to the server storing the files for that specific domain. When you have a contract with a web hosting company you are essentially leasing the server space from that company to have the connectivity to your website.
Several hosting options are available to you depending on the size and type of site you have. Some internet service providers offer free web hosting space if your site is for personal use.
Larger sites will require a hosting service for you to get the access you need for your site. Web hosting companies can be found throughout the country from Los Angeles to New York City. This allows you to compare different companies to find one that has the best deal or is the best fit for your website.
Now that you know a little more about how web hosting works, you can shop around and get the best product for you and your website.