Is it Worth Hosting a Website on Your Own PC ?
Technically yes you can host your website on your computer but to do this task we have specialized machines called servers designed and optimized for this purpose solely. You need hosting servers because they are designed for performance, agility, multitasking and offers great flexibility, security and reliability.
Along with performance you also require 99.9% uptime so that you don’t have to face website downtime which is very critical for your business reputation. Moreover, you also need a stable and high speed internet connection, server maintenance, regular backups, and a lot of technical skills to operate your server machine effectively and with reliability.
Therefore, it is always advisable to invest in the right thing and focus on your core business activity where you are expert at. Hosting companies provides you with all above services with much affordable costs payable monthly, yearly, biennially and triennially.
What Is Web Hosting
Every website needs a home where all its files can live. It enables people to access those files from anywhere in the world. These files live on a computer which is called server that is connected to internet all the time in order for others to access it anytime and anywhere they want.
To make it more simple and understandable a web hosting server is an actual home for your website to live on, and a domain name is the address to your home and it’s as simple as that.
How It Works?
A server (Computer) where you website is hosted has an address which is called IP address and it looks like this “188.8.131.52”. Others can access your website by pointing to this IP address but it is not the case always since we have domain names for this.
To access your website someone has to enter your domain name into the browser and that domain name is translated into an IP address which is the actual address of your web hosting server or computer.