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Brace yourself — we’re about to talk nerdy to you. Websites are a collection of web pages that are governed by code. The code can be filed and uploaded to a web server so that any computer in the world with access to the internet and web browser can locate the stored data. The server is an internet-connected computer that receives requests for web pages from visitors' browsers. The browser then connects the computer to the server via an IP address. As you click, you probably don't even realize all this sending and translating and receiving is happening!
To display a website on the internet, you will need three things: a domain name, a website, and a server.
A domain name, the unique-to-you web address where your site can be found (identified by the .com, .blog, or .whatever at the end of the URL) catalyzes the pull of information from web server to web browser by interpreting the code and displaying your page. Custom domain names aren't free, but many web hosts (including us!) offer free domains with the purchase of an annual hosting plan.
Once you have a domain name and a website (either one you’ve built yourself or with the help of a CMS or site builder), you’ll need server space. That’s where hosting companies come in.
When you purchase a hosting plan, you’re really renting space on a web server for your site’s files to live. Your hosting provider functions as a digital landlord, taking care of the server resources and, depending on your plan, many of the technical to-dos required to maintain your site.
To sum up the process from the first click to the final page, a user opens their laptop and types in a URL. Let's use www.DreamHost.com, for example. When they type in the web address (the domain name) into the web browser, the browser conducts a series of inquiries — including locating the IP address of the domain name, finding the server that hosts the web pages of that domain name, submitting a request to that server for a copy of the web pages, receiving them, and finally, using the web browser to translate the code on the page into something the user can see, understand, and even engage with.
In order to get a website up and running on the web, you'll need to purchase server space through a web hosting provider. There are a lot of different hosting options out there, so the type of hosting plan you choose will depend on the size, needs, and goals of your website.
So think: what do you ultimately want to accomplish with your website? What are your current content demands and traffic levels? What resources do you need? What features do you want? The answers to these questions can help guide your decision.
Shared Hosting plans at DreamHost are designed to be beginner friendly and are ideal for users who are launching a new website or running several simple websites that don’t generate a lot of traffic. But don’t misunderstand us: these plans are anything but basic. Our Shared Hosting packages offer everything you need to create a powerful online presence — right from the start.
We provide advanced security, next-level support, top-level tech, optimized WordPress capabilities, and even advanced features, like unlimited MySQL databases, reseller and sub accounts, and a dedicated DreamHost control panel. We keep things running safely and quickly at all times.
No matter your website or level of developer expertise, Shared Hosting is a great place to start.
Shared Hosting is a solid starting place for any website, providing all you need to get up and running quickly. Plus, it’s easy to upgrade to other web hosting plans as your site grows. So why is Shared Hosting the most budget-friendly choice? It all comes down to the setup.
A shared server is a bit like a large apartment building — with individual website owners renting the apartments. Everybody needs a place to live, of course, but buying a private home is expensive when you’re just starting out. Sharing common areas and utilities with your neighbors in an apartment block keeps costs down. The same is true for Shared Hosting.
Shared Hosting gives your website’s files a comfortable home on the web while you divide resources and space with other website owners. The upside: much lower monthly costs. Unlike a user who is paying for exclusive access to a dedicated server, Shared Hosting customers are sharing the server maintenance costs across multiple sites — saving a lot of money in the process.
If you're cash conscious, Shared Hosting is a fantastic entry-level plan with several great benefits at a can’t-beat-it price.