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Hosting refers to the activity and role of an "organizer" or "host" in English, but in the German-speaking world it is an established short form for the operation of software application or internet services (eng. "Internet hosting").


A hosting provider offers and operates internet hosting services and the necessary infrastructure for its customers' offers on the internet . The customer offers or services shown are usually public, but can be limited to target groups, such as employees, business partners or end customers. The services offered range from very narrowly defined to extensive application systems. For example, the customer can outsource an e-commerce shopping website or e-mail dispatch / receipt to a service provider without having to operate a server himself. The range of services, target customers and costs also vary - from self-service and free services to extensive advice, implementation and high availability.


In addition to the mostly publicly visible customer offerings, the service also includes an administrative interface (for managing the shop or e-mails) for individual employees of the customer. This can usually also be accessed via the Internet. This management interface can be mapped as a pure web-based tool or via other access-restricting services such as SFTP , FTP or Secure Shell .

The strict separation of management and control of the customer offer by the customer on the one hand and the technical operation of the necessary application and infrastructure by the provider on the other represents a decisive quality of hosting.

use cases

Internet hosting services include: