What is Web Hosting?


What is web hosting? Firstly, we need to understand what a website is. Think of a website like a retail shop, every shop has a name, an address and piece of property where the shop sits. So basically a website works on the same principles.

No matter how big or small, every website on the internet must absolutely have a domain name and web hosting.

Domain names are like the name of a retail shop. It’s how people visit your website. When you register a domain name (ie,, you will have to assign a DNS. The Domain Name Server then points to the IP address of the server where the website resides. The IP address is the “retail shop address”, it points to the server of the web hosting provider.

Web hosting is the piece of property where the website resides. It’s a space on the internet that stores all the files to the website. So that piece of property is usually owned by a Web Hosting Company like WebHostSG, which assigns a small part of a server for your website.

When an Internet user wants to view a website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to the server and the server will in turn deliver the webpage to them through the browser.

Usually, when you sign up for web hosting, the company will do all the necessary requirements to get your website online. If you decide to create and host your website with WebHostSG, you can register a custom domain, email address, and web hosting all bundled into one subscription.