Application hosting definition
Application hosting refers to storing and running software applications on a server or cloud to make them accessible online. Hosting an application means you upload all the necessary files and data to a server or cloud service provider. This provider runs your application and makes it accessible to users through their web browsers or other devices. Application hosting allows app creators to make their applications available to a broader audience because users can access them from anywhere with an internet connection.
See also: application program
How does application hosting work?
- The hosting service sets up the servers your application needs.
- You deploy your application by uploading files or transferring from your development environment.
- The provider gives you the tools to set up your application’s environment and computing resources (e.g., memory, storage).
- The hosting service makes your application accessible over the internet: They handle connections, assign addresses, and set up the necessary configurations so users can reach your app using a domain name or IP address.
- The hosting service takes steps to keep your application and data safe with firewalls, encryption, and access controls to protect against threats. They also do regular security updates.
- Finally, the service tracks how your application is doing. They provide tools and analytics to review its performance, resource usage, and other metrics.
Popular application hosting services
- Azure App Hosting Service