Hosting, web site hosting, web hosting and webhosting are all the same activity that described the act of housing, serving and maintaining files, databases, and information on one or more websites. Dedicated companies, called registrars, can “host” your files on their computers, and provides the website owner with appropriate software, installation services, technical support, and website tools for a monthly fee. In a few instances, this hosting can be had for free, however, some of the accompanying software is not included in the free hosting, and in other cases there advertisements placed on the free website host page.
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Obtaining hosting services can be simple and difficult at the same time. While there are many companies that offer web hosting services, not all will have the applicable software that is required for website applications.
For example, .htaccess files will need to be uploaded to the server for some e-commerce shopping carts to be fully functional and secure. Not all hosting companies allow third part .htaccess files. When this issue arises at a later time, the only solution is to switch hosting to a new hosting company.