IN THIS CHAPTER
Scoping out the difference between an ISP and a host
Understanding the different types of hosting
Breaking down the pros and cons of various hosts
Reading the legal fine print
Deciding whether you’re ready to be your own host
One of the many decisions you make when you’re starting a website is where to host it. You might be wondering what a host does and why you even need one. A host site provides a place (a server) for your website and all the files that make up your site to reside. That host provides an address so that others can access it by using the Internet.
In this chapter, you discover the differences between a host and an Internet service provider, the different types of hosts and what they have to offer, legal agreements, and the decisions you make about becoming your own host.
Try not to confuse a host with an Internet service provider. You need both! Allow us to explain ...