Synonyms: Host, Web Host, Website Host, Web Hosting, Website Hosting, Self-Hosted
Hosting is needed when you have a website. You can build a WordPress website on WordPress.com and they will include hosting in the package. But many experts, including me, advise if you are building a WordPress website that you go with a self-hosted platform like Siteground.com or Bluehost.com and install WordPress into your account as you will have more control over what you can do with your website. Both of Siteground and Bluehost have one-click installs for WordPress, so they make it very doable and easy. Another way to explain it is if your domain is the address of your website, then hosting is where your website lives, the house. Platforms like Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly (all-in-one platforms) have their own proprietary website builders…so the “hosting” is included in the monthly fee they charge for you to have access to their website builder.