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One of the most commonly asked questions at Shropshire Website Design is: What is web hosting? Many of us have heard the expression, but chances are that when you first start your firm, some of us have no idea what it means. 

Simply simply, you are purchasing or ‘hiring’ a server space where your website data is securely stored. Web hosting is an important service that allows your website to be found on the internet. Your website will not be seen unless it is hosted somewhere!

The importance of Website Hosting

One of the most important factors to consider is the speed at which your website visitors can access your site. In less than three seconds, we’ve reached the limit of permitted speeds. Not only from the viewpoint of the visitor, but also as part of the Google algorithm, website performance is a ranking factor when it comes to SEO. 

The server’s security is also a major consideration. Always look into the security precautions in place, such as an SSL certificate. At Shropshire Website Design, we offer a FREE SSL certificate with all our hosting packages.

Is an SSL certificate needed?

Simply explained, SSL is a method of encrypting data transferred from a web browser to a web server (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome). While it was once primarily intended to safeguard sensitive information such as credit card numbers and other data, it is now being utilised more widely. In recent years, safe viewing of all sites, particularly social media, has become the norm.

Any browsing session is susceptible if the traffic is not encrypted using SSL.

What is a Domain Name?

Your domain name functions similarly to a phone number in that it identifies you on the internet. You can get domain names from a variety of places and buy as many as you like. Having a phone number, on the other hand… In order for anyone to contact you, you’ll also need a phone device.

After you’ve purchased a domain name, you’ll need to store the files that make up your website’s content (HTML, CSS, photos, databases etc) in a web server that’s linked to the internet.

We’ve mentioned how hosting allows people to access websites using their web browser, but how exactly does it work? The domain name system (DNS) ensures that your website browser connects to the correct computer (server) where your website files are stored.

Local Website Hosting with Shropshire Website Design

We are a local web design agency and offer affordable UK-based hosting to businesses. If you want to give your website a personal touch, host it on our UK-based servers with Shropshire Website Design.

We have a number of hosting packages available to keep your website online. All of our hosting plans include a domain name registration as well as a FREE SSL Certificate.