Thank you watching website hosting video tips
from OurChurch.Com. In this video we’ll answer the question, “What is a web host?” Hi I’m Paul Steinbrueck of OurChurch.com.
In this series of videos, I’m answering common web hosting questions. Now one of the most
basic and common questions that we are asked on a regular basis is, “What is a web host?”
While there’s a very long technical answer to that, the very simple answer is that it
is space on a computer — also known as a web server — that is available 24/7 to serve
up or show your web pages to the people who want to view them.
Now if you wanted to you could keep your web pages on your own computer and run web server
software on it, but the downside of that is that anytime you shutdown your computer your
website would not be available anymore. Another alternative that some people choose
is to setup a dedicated computer at their home or office, run the web server software
on it and because it’s connected to the internet just for that it’s available more often. But
the disadvantage of that is if there’s a power outage or your internet service provider has
an outage then your website goes down also. So the big advantage that you have of going
with a web hosting services company is the reliability and in our case here at OurChurch.com
our servers are in the data center that is structurally built to withstand tornado force
winds, it has a backup diesel generator and it has tech support people in the data center
24/7 so if some of the hardware goes bad it can be quickly replaced.
That’ how we can keep websites up 99.9% of the time.
Now one of the other aspects of web hosting that is often overlooked is the customer service.
Because not only are you just adding space on a server you’re getting people who can
help you with your website, with your hosting, with your mail, all that kind of stuff.
A lot of companies that have cheap web hosting are able to do that because they outsource
their support. We don’t do that, our mission is to help you achieve your mission online
and so we want to be there for you. You call us and we’ll help you with whatever
sorts of technical issues that you’re having. So if you are looking for web hosting services
for your Christian church, school, ministry or business I hope you will consider OurChurch.Com.