What Is the Purpose of Hosting?
Yes, you may, but it would be a terrible idea — and I mean terrible. Web hosts exist for a variety of purposes, and their low cost and high efficiency make them accessible to everyone, not to mention headache-free.
Some of the reasons why hosting a website at home is virtually impossible are mentioned below.
Pitfalls in Self-Hosting
- Power Outages – If your home’s power goes out, your website will go down as well.
- Slow Connection – Even though you have a high-speed Internet connection at home, this normally only applies to download speed. Since you’re sending files from a server, you’ll need a fast upload speed. It’s almost certain that your home connection’s upload speed is sluggish.
- Dynamic IP Address – The IP address of your home Internet connection is dynamic, meaning it changes over time. It’s like having your home address change all the time and having people want to give you mail. It almost makes it unlikely.
- Hardware Maintenance – If your home computer has a problem or requires a new component, it may take days or weeks for it to be fixed, during which time your website may be unavailable and you could lose your files.
To the Rescue: Web Hosts
- Redundant Power Supplies – Most web hosts’ power supplies are almost always backed up by on-site generators, which keep sites up and running even in the event of a power failure.
- Web hosts with ultra-fast upload speeds and stable connections can comfortably handle hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of concurrent users.
- Static IP Address – A web host will provide you with a dedicated IP address that will never change. This ensures that the website’s address remains constant and that visitors will still find it.
- Hardware is maintained by an expert team – These web hosts’ experts maintain the hardware on a regular basis and keep spare parts on hand. They even have redundant hardware and automatically back up the files.
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