You had a website built and now well-informed people are telling you that you need web hosting.

What is web hosting, exactly?

Web hosting is a subscription based computer service where access to your website is provided to the world wide web or internet. You pay a commercial web hosting provider a periodic fee to rent their computers and network setup in order to make your site available to the general internet public.Most commonly, your credit card, bank account, or Paypal account are charged the fees monthly or quarterly.

If you own a website, you absolutely need to rent web hosting. Your own home PC or business PCs are usually unsuitable for web hosting due to the demands of web hosting: continuous power, high speed access with no downtime, and capable technical staff that provision very detailed aspects of the setup.

Price: Web hosting can cost anywhere from almost nothing (charged for actual usage instead of monthly – rare but it’s out there) to more conventional arrangements of $3 per month to thousands of dollars per month.

How you buy web hosting: the vast majority of web hosting providers give you a self service subscription and onboarding arrangement. You sign up and pay on the web through their online forms and you must transfer in your website code yourself. A minority of providers such as Little Miami Web Works, yours truly) provide personalized concierge service which includes the loading of your website for hosting, regular maintenance and updates, and possibly emergency services… and you deal with a real person, not a control panel for your needs.

For a guide to my favorite recommended web hosts for particular needs, go to this article:

My Recommendations for High Quality, Reliable, Value Priced DIY Web Hosting