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Hosting Explained

Your website is probably hosted on one of EnablePoint Corporation's servers, or leased servers.  We have both in house servers for sensitive or private data, behind a firewall for security that we watch (monitor) very closely.  We also lease space from third party providers. They also have firewalls, but they do the watching (monitoring) for us.  

Some of our clients prefer to host their website on their own choice of servers, such as Godaddy, Hostgator, and Bluehost.   This is fine by us, as hosting is not very profitable.  This should not be fine by you though, if we manage your website for you.  At some point every website in the world will have support issues, and we have no choice but to charge for our time trying to resolve domain name resolution, email, or other hosting issues that might occur at a third party location.

We do not charge to resolve support issues on hosting, email, or domain name resolve issues with our clients that host with us.  This is a significant savings to you if even one small issue arises on your server. 

What is hosting?  Why do you sometimes have to pay for both a domain name and hosting?  There are links after this analagy for the more technical explanations, if you would like to read and learn more.   Here is a simple analagy:

  • Domain Name:  The domain name is your website address.   Compare your domain name to an empty lot in a neighborhood under construction.
  • Hosting:  The hosting portion of your bill is the foundation for a website.  It is a computer (server) plugged in the the Internet at a high speed 24 hours per day. This webserver is either located here at EnablePoint or one of our leased servers at third party providers.  The hosting can be compared to the foundation of a house placed on the empty lot;  The basement is poured, framework is up, and we will make sure it stays up 24/7 365 days per year. 
  • Website:  Your website is the files that are stored on the hosting server.  We place multiple websites on a server, but we make sure the space used does not slow down yours or the others.  Compare your website to the solid walls, siding, trim, and roof of your home placed at a designated address with a solid foundation.

There is much reading that can be done on the Internet regarding your domain name, hosting, and your website files.  It gets more complicated as you build your business;  email addresses, aliases, outlook settings and webmail.  Add in ecommerce, credit card authorizers, Internet Explorer versions, Firefox, and Google Chrome.  A database of your products or services can be stored in your website files.  We take care of all of these issues with our hosting plans and consultations with you.

Related links:

Pictured below, a rack of web servers. (from Wikipedia)

Wikipedia serverWikipedia, What is Hosting? ( Very detailed reading but if you thirst for more, we recommend you start here)

Godaddy.com has a very brief but good explanation:

Hosting (also known as website hosting or Web hosting) is the business of housing, serving, and maintaining files for one or more websites. In a sense, you rent space on a computer to hold your website. Your host, the computer where your website files are stored, assigns an address (DNS) for your files to your domain name so that anyone can find your website on the Internet by typing in your domain name.

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