The growth of web hosting
Web hosting is
a service that allows companies or individuals the ability to
make their own websites available on the World Wide Web via
providing space on a server that they either own or or lease
while also providing internet connectivity to their clients.
In laymen's terms, web hosting is simply the storage of data
and information contained in a website for the owner of the
For approximately the last seventeen years, the web was used
primarily by the academic world and computer experts. However,
with the commercial restriction lifted, businesses began to
see the potential for gaining customers via the Internet. As
the technology became progessively easier to use, more and
more people were builidng and maintaining their own web sites.
Initially, web hosting was very expensive and very complex
making it unavailable to the masses. Over the years, as it
became more popular, the technology became easier to use and
the service became cheaper. Today, anyone can obtain web
hosting for little or no cost to create their own little space
in the vast network that is the Internet. It is important to
realize that when the business of web hosting first began,
large computer companies would rent out space on their
servers. But as the demand for this service increased it
presented an opportunity for it to become an independent and
highly lucrative industry.
Today, there are thousands of web hosting companies vying for
your business. Some web hosting services are free, funded
solely by advertisements, while others charge nominal fees.
Each web hosting site provides different benefits for the user
based on individual needs, preferences, style of web site, and
the type of site needed.
The birth of web hosting
Some typical hosting companies
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