Hi, and welcome to OurChurch.Com’s “Questions
and Answers”, where we have the answers to your questions. Today we are going to answer
the question, “What is hosting?” 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 hosting?”
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 hours a
day, seven days a week to serve up or show your web pages to the people who want to view
Now if you wanted to, you could keep your web pages on your own computer and run web
server software on it, but the disadvantage 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 downside of that is if there’s a power
outage or your internet service provider has an outage then your website goes down also.
Reliable Hosting So the big advantage that you have of going
with a 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 technical support people in the data center 24/7. So
if some of the hardware goes bad it can be quickly fixed.
That’s how we can keep websites up 99.9% of the time.
Superior Support Now one of the other features of web hosting
that’s often unnoticed 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 and all that sort of stuff. A lot of companies that have cheap 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. Thank you.