Your website needs to be hosted on a web server in order to make it available on the internet. Hosting involves housing, serving and maintaining files so that visitors are able to view the content of the website.
Your website is the public face of your business, so the hosting solution selected must be able to provide a fast, secure and reliable service. You can opt for an in-house hosting solution or go to an external internet service provider. Key factors to consider include cost and the level of technical expertise and resources in your business.
This guide will take you through the main considerations in hosting a website and look at the options available to you in terms of going for an in-house or external solution. It also looks at how to choose and register a domain name to use for your website address.