What is web hosting?

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What is web hosting? If that's a question you've ever asked yourself, you're not alone. Whether you want to build your own website, or pay a web designer or agency to build one for you, you’ll have heard people talk about the need to get web hosting. But what is web hosting, why do you need it, and where can you get it?

In this article, we’ll provide the answer to all of these questions and more, in a jargon-free way that is easy to understand. Read on, and discover everything you need to know about getting web hosting for your site and how to choose the best web hosting services. If you're just getting started, don't miss our guide to the best website builder too. 

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.