What is Hosting?

Today, I was working on a new website I’m building from which I’m going to sell blog hosting.

As part of that, I had to write an explanation of what this word ‘hosting’ that we geeks throw around so much actually means and I thought I’d share it with you today, seeing as it’s Tech Tuesday after all.

So what is hosting, what does it involve and why do you need it?

Imagine you wanted to open a store selling some kind of product, let’s say toothbrushes.

  • First thing you need is a business plan.
  • Then you need a name for your business.
  • Next, you need to find somewhere to locate your store.
  • When you’ve found the perfect location, you need to rent a building
  • The building needs to be decorated to your taste
  • Then you put your sign on the front and open for business
  • To get customers coming through the door, you need to advertise.
  • Finally, you need to keep everything fresh. New products, new displays, and constant restocking.

Your blog or website may not be set up to sell anything but having a one means you need to follow those same basic rules:

  1. Have a plan. Why are you blogging, what will you blog about, how often will you blog?
  2. Think up a name for your blog that fits with what you will be blogging about. This will then be the Domain Name you want to purchase.
  3. Next, you need to find somewhere to locate your blog. That’s the Web Host.
  4. You rent some web space from your chosen host with what’s called a Hosting Plan.
  5. Once you’ve rented the space, you need to decide what blogging software to use. We recommend WordPress.
  6. You install your blogging software into your web space and then you have to decorate it. If you’re not comfortable doing the decoration yourself, you can get a web designer to do it for you.
  7. Once the design is all done, you need to start blogging. Writing new posts on a regular basis is important!
  8. You can advertise your blog in a whole host of ways. Some of the most popular are: by leaving comments on other people’s blogs, joining twitter and facebook and telling all your friends about it.
  9. Keep writing new posts to keep your blog fresh and interesting – and tinker with the design every so often to give it a fresh feel.

I hope this has helped you understand a little better what hosting is, if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

10 thoughts on “What is Hosting?”

  1. I love it!

    I think you've given an extremely easy explanation to what many newbies and non-techies consider a nightmare of a topic.

    Nicely done and I'll be sure to ReTweet it via Twitter.

    By the way, I enjoy the purpose and focus of your blog. Glad to see a brother in Christ using technology to share the Gospel of Christ in such a refreshing way.

    1. Peter_P says:

      Thanks, Patrick, I really appreciate it.

  2. @reesesPBC says:

    This is awesome! Thanks so much. I'm in the process of setting up a blog redesign and moving to WordPress, which means I have to find a hosting service. I'll be checking out your website if you'll send me the link. Thanks!

    1. Peter_P says:

      Thanks Joy, I've emailed you.

  3. @katdish says:

    This is really great, Peter. You've made it so easy to understand. But I still want you to set up my website. Because you're so much better at it than me.

  4. Michael says:

    Since I'm pretty clueless…why would someone need a "host" for their blog? I've just started mine on blogspot and that was free, but there must be a reason. Can you help me understand this?

    1. Peter_P says:

      Great question, Michael. I'll email you the answer but basically… customizability. (Yes, I just made that word up 🙂 )

  5. @katdish says:

    Happy Your Birthday Peter!

  6. Susan says:

    Ah, we share a common day … blessings for your day and upcoming year

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