What is Website Hosting?

Your website must be accessible by other Internet users 24 hours a day. To make this possible it must be stored on a computer that is permanently connected to the Internet. This is known as website hosting and is either done by your ISP or by a web hosting company.

Can I use the free webspace provided by my ISP?

Many ISPs offer a small amount of free space for hosting your website. You can make use of this by having your domain name redirected to this free web space for a small annual fee. This can be cheaper than commercial hosting and may be fine for your needs. However it does have drawbacks. Free web hosting does not come with many added features. Your web site may have sophisticated scripting or database requirements, or you may need e-commerce capabilities, which are rarely available under a free web hosting agreement.

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