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What is the purpose of a Web host and why would I need one?

Answer: Web hosts are what make websites accessible over the Internet. This means they keep all the webpages of the hosted site on their server, they take care of all the setup and technical issues, and they have a very high-speed connection to the Internet.

All PC.net webpages are hosted on a Web server, which is connected to the Internet backbone. Most people have their websites hosted instead of hosting the sites themselves since there are very high costs involved in the setup and maintenance of a server. Just the high-speed connection alone typically runs a couple thousand dollars a month. This is why most small organizations and businesses choose to have their sites hosted by a Web host for a low monthly payments (usually between $5 and $50 per month).

If you want to publish your own website, GoDaddy has several web hosting plans, which cost less than $10/month.

Published: November 5, 1999   —   Updated: February 1, 2013 — by Per Christensson

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