What is Web Hosting and Why Do I Need It?

account_circle Register.com Team
web hosting

Key Takeaways

  • What is web hosting? And why is it an essential part of your online presence?
  • In simple terms, a web host provides a safe, secure place for your website and ensures that it is always accessible to your followers online.
  • Register.com offers great web hosting options plus additional tools to make the most of your online experience. 


What started as a hobby has evolved into a passion and some might even say an obsession (don't worry, this is a judgement-free zone). Your interest has inspired you to build a website and your site needs a good online home to ensure that it is always accessible online. That's where finding a reliable web host comes in.

Let’s take a closer look at web hosting, what it is, how it works and how you can select the right host that’s the best fit for your website. 

What is Web Hosting?

Just as you have a home for yourself and your family, your website needs a place to live as well. All of the files, images and lines of code that make up your website take up space and must be stored securely so that people can access your site on the Internet. When you rent space from a web hosting provider, they will store all of your website files on a dedicated computer server or series of servers. They are also responsible for making your website files available to anyone who types in your website address (domain name) on a web browser. You can expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $25 a month for web hosting services depending on your preferred features and options. 

What is a Domain Name and How is it Related to Web Hosting?

Most web hosting companies will require you to have a domain name for your website before providing hosting services. Simply put, a domain name is your website address and what people will type into a browser bar to visit your website. A domain name is important to your web host because they will link this web address to your site to uniquely identify it and make it possible for people searching for your site to find and access it. Many web hosts also offer domain name registration and website builders so you can do everything necessary to get your site up and running while dealing with one resource. 

How Does Web Hosting Work?

A good web host will offer your site a solid online home and make sure you have everything necessary to connect with your followers on the Internet, including secure data storage. When someone searches for your site and enters your website address a web host has protocols in place that will process the request, then send your web page data back to the person who requested it so they can access it on their computer. This all happens in a few seconds or less and is important for creating a positive experience for your website visitors.

What is Data Storage and Why is it Important?

Just like an addition to a home, your website should have room to grow with your hobby or interest. Data storage gives you the capacity to house your website files on a server and make your site available online. Your host should offer you a range of data capacity options to help you affordably select a plan that best matches what you want to accomplish with your site. As your goals change with your website, you may want an option to upgrade your storage capacity to give you more room to post additional videos, photos and other content to your site. If your hobby ever grows into a business – hey, it could happen – you’ll want the option to add features like an eCommerce page and other sections to your website.

woman writing down orders

What is Uptime and How Does it Affect My Website?

Uptime is the amount of time that a computer server is operational. Since your website is housed on a server or series of servers, uptime means the amount of time your site is up, running and accessible. Look for a web host that averages a minimum of 99 percent uptime. To keep your site fully functional, a good web host will use multiple servers to manage your website files so if one malfunctions for any reason, another server will instantly take its place. This redundant server approach will give you peace of mind knowing that your site will remain accessible.

What Added Value Features Should I Expect From a Web Host?

A good web host will also offer you more for your money. That’s pretty refreshing especially these days when you want to make every dollar count. Look for a host that offers you things like a free domain name so you can choose a web address that reflects your passion 

and a web builder that makes it fast and easy for you to construct your site and post it online. To keep your site running strong, you should also look for a disk space option that's right for your website.

Many web hosts will also include email boxes so you can easily communicate with fellow hobbyists who are interested in your site and security features that defend against malware (malicious software) and other cyberattacks. Finally, you should expect great technical support from an expert team with years of experience and positive reviews from customers.

Trust Register.com for Your Web Hosting Needs

Register.com provides the best home for your website and will keep it up and running. We feature over 99 percent uptime supported by a redundant system of multiple servers. We also offer free domain names and offer hosting packages that include a website builder, disk space options, email boxes, security features and expert technical support. Best of all, we will work with you to create a solution designed specifically for your goals and needs. Trust us to support your hobby and website so you and your followers will get the most from your online experience. 

Give Your Website a Great Home

When you’re passionate about your hobby, you want a website that reflects your interests and helps you engage with others like you. Register.com provides web hosting to give your website a safe, secure home with value-added features to help you get more for your investment. Let us know how we can help. 


Products mentioned in this blog post include:


Images: Shutterstock