What is a server?

A server is a computer located on the Internet that stores your website's "files" so that people will be able to view your web site. Without a web hosting service your computer would have to function as a server and you would have to let people into your computer to see your web site pages (and you would incur the extraordinary cost of running special connections to your computer). A good reliable server is essential for your website. If you intend to have people view your site, the server must be capable of handling all the requests in a timely manner. If a server goes "down" people have no access to your site and, consequently, you stand the chance of losing clients.