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A web hosting service often shortened to web host is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Web hosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for other servers located in their data center, called colocation , also known as housing in Latin America or France. Until , the Internet was restricted to use only " The World Wide Web protocols had only just been written   and not until the end of would there be a graphical web browser for Mac or Windows computers. To host a website on the internet , an individual or company would need their own computer or server. The owners of the websites, also called webmasters , would be able to create a website that would be hosted on the web hosting service's server and published to the web by the web hosting service. As the number of users on the World Wide Web grew, the pressure for companies, both large and small, to have an online presence grew. By , companies such as GeoCities , Angelfire and Tripod were offering free hosting. The most basic is web page and small-scale file hosting, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol FTP or a Web interface.
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This is usually done in one of two ways. You can pay for hosting with a service provider or you can host it yourself at your own server — we will look into both methods in this article. Using a service provider is the simplest way of hosting a website. You can pay a small monthly fee and rely on the service provider to take care of all your equipment, infrastructure, and other associated needs. Dynamic sites are mainly application-driven and make use of scripts, databases, and other tools to generate some portions of the site on the fly. Others such as Magento and PrestaShop are used for eCommerce websites. Much like there are many different categories of cars, website hosting also comes in various flavors. For example, shared hosting is the cheapest and easiest to manage — they are akin to the compact cars of the world. As the type of web hosting scales up, so too does the cost involved and often the complexity of managing the hosting account. For example, in VPS hosting you would need to manage not just the hosting details but also environment that it is being hosted in.
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