Webhosting is generally referred to as a service of providing webspace including the hosting of Internet sites on a webserver. There are different types of web hosting, which are differentiated based on the scope and type of the hosted website.

How webhosting works[edit]

Webhosting is similar to the management of land and housing. A webhost provides webspace for a usage fee on a network such as the Internet. One of the tasks of a web host is to make this space available and maintain it, depending on the contract form. The storage space is located on the Servers of the web host.

Depending on the provider, web hosting can be much more extensive. For example, some service providers offer preinstalled CMS such as Typo3 or Joomla, and [[WordPress|WordPress] or support their clients in Monitoring their servers. In addition, webhosting is also offered by Internet Service Providers who provide their customers with additional services such as mail programs or anti-virus programs. Another additional feature of a web host can include “high availability.” This ensures maximum reliability of its servers and/or the software used on them.


There are different types of webhosting, which are briefly presented here:

  • Free web hosting: Some providers offer free webhosting. However, functionality and scope of services are generally restricted or users are obliged to allow advertising on their pages. WordPress is an example of free blogging.
  • Shared webhosting: All of the webhost’s domains use the same server resources and thus share the available webspace as well as CPU or RAM. Shared webhosting offers Webmasters only limited options to use individual software.
  • Cloud hosting: In this form of hosting, webspace can be hired in the cloud. The advantage is high availability with a low resource utilization since the servers are set up as clusters.
  • Clustered hosting: The webspace is distributed to several servers that have been clustered together. The advantage is very high availability and protection against server failures. If the Cluster is an independent network, you can also refer to it as grid hosting. Large sites that need to be available internationally in different markets are often additionally managed via a CDN.
  • Reseller hosting: Webhosting customers can offer web hosting as a service themselves.
  • Dedicated hosting: the user is provided with a separate server by the web host. The user is responsible for the maintenance and security of the Dedicated Server.
  • Virtual dedicated server: In this case, server resources are distributed to virtual servers in such a way that a dedicated server is simulated and the user can manage it themselves.
  • Managed hosting service: Users can upload data, for example, with FTP to their server. However, they do not have full writing rights.
  • Colocation webhosting: Customers have their own server, but it is located at the premises of another host.

In addition to the already mentioned forms of webhosting, there are special hosts who only host images or files, for example, called file hosts.

Webhosting and SEO[edit]

The type of web hosting plays an important role with regard to SEO aspects, especially availability and server speed, which among other things are influencing factors for the ranking of a website. The idea behind this is the slower the content of pages is loaded, the worse will be the user experience. As a result, Google rates slow loading websites lower than those with fast Loading Times. Which webhosting package is chosen, therefore is an important factor.

It is also important to install a large website on its own server. That way, the administrator has control over all the important functions of the webspace and does not have to share their IP with other websites. It also reduces the risk of Bad Neighborhood at the server level.