What is a web host?

A web host is the service that holds all your websites content and serves it up to the entire internet.

Web hosting companies operate ‘servers’, specialised computers that are purpose built for the purpose of serving websites quickly and efficiently over the World Wide Web.

Most web hosts provide these services:

  • Website Hosting for your website’s software and files
  • Database Hosting for your website’s data
  • Email Hosting for your website’s email addresses and email attachments

So, if your web developer asks you for your web hosting details, what information should you provide?

You can provide the login for your web hosting service, which will give your developer access to all the administration functions of the website and any other websites hosted on the service. This can be handy if you need help managing the website, adding new website services (like security certificates or email) or keeping track of service renewal billing.

Don’t know where your website is hosted? You can use a service like Who is Hosting This? to find out.

If you want to keep a tighter rein on who has access to your web host services you can instead provide access to the web hosting administration panel only. Here’s a list of admin panels that could be powering your website:

  • cPanel
  • Plesk
  • CentOS
  • Webmin

If you need help with web hosting maintenance, migration or administration, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our support team at Morning Studio.