Whether you’re a novice web developer or a business owner who owns a website, it is important to be familiar with a few web hosting terms. Knowing a few web hosting terms can help you in hosting or maintaining your website.

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Web Host

A web host, or a web hosting service provider, is a service that lets organizations, companies, and individuals publish their website into the internet. They have the technologies and equipment that are required to deploy a website on the internet.

Here are some of the different types of web hosting services you can find.

  • Shared Web Hosting: it is a web hosting service wherein your website is hosted on a server that is shared with other websites.
  • Cloud-Based Web Hosting: a new web hosting technology which allows hundreds of servers to work together, and the resources needed to maintain the website are in more than one server which will be rendered when they are needed.
  • Managed WordPress Hosting: managed WordPress hosting refers to a service where your web hosting service provider keeps your WordPress installation updated.
  • Dedicated Web Server: this means you will be renting a server from the web hosting service provider, granting you full control of your website. This also means that your website will not be shared with other websites in the server.


Servers are computers that contain the files and resources to run your website. It uses the Hypertext Transfer Protocol to send the files of the website when a device accesses it through web browsers. The two popular operating systems used for servers are Linux Server and Windows Server.

  • Linux Server: the most common operating system used on servers. This is due to its compatibility with many applications that are needed to run websites as there is no commercial vendor or company that only allows their own proprietary software to run in the server.
  • Windows Server: Microsoft Windows might be used for servers that need to utilize features and applications that are only found in Windows.

Domain Name

This is basically what people know as the website name. A domain name consists of two parts: the actual name of the site, and the extension (‘.com’, ‘.org’, ‘.io’). You can name your website anything you want as long as the name has not been registered already.


URL is an acronym for “uniform resource locator”. This basically means the web address of each page or file of your website.  

IP Address

All websites have an IP (internet protocol) address. No IP address is the same as the other (except with the private addresses and the localhost). When a user types a URL in the browser, this points to a specific IP address of a website. There are two versions of IP addressing:

  • IPv4 (ex:
  • IPv6 (ex: 2607:f0d0:1002:51::4, short for 2607:f0d0:1002:0051:0000:0000:0000:0004)


Knowing a few terms about web hosting can make you more knowledgeable about how to deploy and maintain your websites. You can now make the right decisions for your web hosting needs, saving you time and resources in the long run.