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What is hosting? What is a web server?

Just like a file on your computer, a file on a web site needs to be saved somewhere. But unlike your computer, these web pages or files need to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A web hosting service provides you with the hardware and software that allows this to happen.

Your web site has to be hosted on an Internet server. Web servers are powerful computers located in a secure and climate-controlled environment with emergency power facilities, fire protection and backup systems. These computers store the web pages or files that make up web sites. Servers are connected to the rest of the Internet via a high speed line, so that your customers can have access to your website at any time.

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