What Is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is a service that allows organisations and individuals to post a website or web page on to the internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.

When internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address into their browser. Their computer will then connect to our server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.

Most hosting companies require that you own your domain name in order to host with them. If you do not have a domain name, you can register one with us by going to Domain Registration.

 

Host Management

Movahost provide an interface or control panel, known as cPanel, for managing your hosting account and installing scripts. You will also be able to manage the website's databases as well as other modules and service applications like e-mail.

Click here to view a demo of the cPanel.

 

Reliability & Uptime

The availability of a website is measured by a percentage usually over a 12 month period in which the website is publicly accessible and reachable via the internet. This is different from measuring the uptime of a system. Uptime refers to the system itself being online. Uptime does not take into account being able to reach it as in the event of a network outage.

A hosting provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) may include a certain amount of scheduled downtime per year in order to perform maintenance on the systems. This scheduled downtime is often excluded from the SLA timeframe, and needs to be subtracted from the Total Time when availability is calculated. Depending on the wording of an SLA, if the availability of a system drops below that in the signed SLA, a hosting provider often will provide a partial refund for time lost.

How downtime is determined changes from provider to provider.  Movahost will guarantee at least 99.98% uptime which will allow for 43m of downtime per month, or 8h 45m of downtime per year.

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