There is a networking of computers around the planet that is named the worldwide web, which is what www stands for. Every computer in this network has the ability to communicate with the other ones. The way they communicate is through http; it is called a communication standard. Without this network of computers there would be no need for web hosting; they are integral to each other.
The method by which this works is through documents named web pages; these web pages are deposited in computers called web servers. Computers that read the pages are web servers. People look at web pages with web browsers; they are a kind of program. Some of the popular browsers are Opera, Ubuntu (Linux based), Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
A browser finds the web pages by requesting it from a server; that is called fetching. It uses a page address to fetch and this is a standard http request. You’ve seen addresses all over the web like the one for this article. Your browser shows or displays a web page to you by reading web page instructions. Typical display instructions are html tags. There are many places on the web to learn html.
When your website is complete it is a collection of web pages. It has to be published for other people to see it. Publishing it requires transferring the pages to a web server. This is done by FTP or file transfer protocol. If you connect your personal computer to a network it will act as server. Normally, people use a web hosting provider. Sometimes people use an Internet Service Provider or ISP for a personal website. The ISP gives people Internet service. Web hosting is one of the services offered by ISP’s. Web hosting is storing your website on a public server. E-mail and domain name registration are two services included in web hosting.
There are oodles of web hosting companies on the Internet. They offer many services like free blogs, e-commerce carts, hosting space, file transfer, POP/Imap e-mail accounts, free site builders, and other things.
Now that you understand the basics of the worldwide web and web hosting, you are ready to get you website designed. You can get free site builders that are easy to use; they operate on point and click. You could use one that your web hosting service provides or one like HTML Kit that you download into your computer. Get one with instructions and tutorials. Once you have your site like you want it, you are ready to publish it to the web.
The neat thing is that you now have some understanding of what publishing onto the worldwide web means. You won’t be publishing in the dark. Before you pick a web hosting provider, carefully read and compare what a few of them offer. That way you can get a better deal. Be sure to read the fine print. You can’t be too careful when picking your web hosting company.