Web hosting service From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search "Web host" redirects here. For policy "Wikipedia is not a web host", see WP:WEBHOST. An example of rack mounted servers Part of a series on Internet hosting service Full-featured hosting Virtual private serverDedicated hostingColocation centreCloud computingPeer-to-peer Web hosting SharedClustered Application-specific web hosting Blog (comments)Guild hosting serviceImageVideoWiki farmsApplicationSocial network By content format FileImageVideoMusic Other types Remote backupGame serverHome serverDNSEmail vte A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that hosts websites for clients, i.e. it offers the facilities required for them to create and maintain a site and makes it accessible on the World Wide Web. Companies providing web hosting services are sometimes called web hosts. Typically, web hosting requires the following: one or more servers to act as the host(s) for the sites; servers may be physical or virtual colocation for the server(s), providing physical space, electricity, and Internet connectivity; Domain Name System configuration to define name(s) for the sites and point them to the hosting server(s); a web server running on the host; for each site hosted on the server: space on the server(s) to hold the files making up the site site-specific configuration often, a database; software and credentials allowing the client to access these, enabling them to create, configure, and modify the site; email connectivity allowing the host and site to send email to the client.