What Does Host Mean?
A host is a type of Web server that stores, serves and manages websites and/or Web-based applications and services. It is a remote server that provides the collective hardware, software, storage and networking capabilities for hosting websites.
A host may is also known as a Web host.
Techopedia Explains Host
A host acts as a replacement for an in-house Web server and is the basic building block behind Web hosting services. A host is built, delivered and managed by a hosting service provider that rents out host(s) some portion of its computing power by sharing those resources among several websites/users.
A host functions as a typical Web server but is generally shared and has a different delivery/access mode.
Key components of a host are:
- Hardware: This includes the computing server, storage and other critical components of a Web server
- Software: A basic operating system with specialized Web hosting and management software
- Networks: Interconnectivity, data routing and other types of networking