What is Joomla
Before we can get into details about what Joomla Hosting is, perhaps we first should explain what Joomla is for those of you who might be unsure.
Imagine JOOMLA like a picture frame that can hold multiple pictures. Without a picture frame, you would probably have a hard time displaying the latest family pictures in your living room. You have the option to either build a frame by hand (this would be you creating your own Website without using Joomla), or go into the Store and simply buy one (This would equal to installing a Joomla on your website). Joomla is a piece of Software that runs on our Joomla Hosting Webserver and provides you, the website owner, tools to actually have content on your website. In the beginning, all you have is a Domain name like Helpinghost.com (you will get this domain name through so called Domain Registration which we also provide). This in itself only means that you are the owner of that name in the internet. Nice name, but now what you are asking?
Next, you need to "point" this name to a place on the internet. You need to point it to a Computer that is constantly connected to the Internet and like our Joomla Hosting has plenty of features in place to make sure the Computer always is online. You want your Joomla to be online 24/7 too right? This kind of computer is called a Web Server. You will rent a bit of space on one of those Servers in a high tech datacenter and this will be called Hosting. This "pointing" is done by so called Name Servers. (more about that you can find on our Support pages). If you are getting the domain name and Joomla hosting from HelpingHost.com, you will not have to worry about of any of this. We take care of all the settings for you. Just pick a domain name and hosting plan.
Now where your name is pointing to a Server you will probably see a Parking Page. This is like a placeholder which hopefully will be replaced by your own web pages soon. Easy so far right? Now comes the hard part! Building, creating, designing uploading and maintaining your own web pages. This is normally done by a professional web developer or by you sitting at your home computer trying to figure all this out. Frustrated after a while? Now Joomla comes into the picture which will save you from the frustrating part. You just install it with a click of a button from your Joomla Hosting account and voila, your website is up and running. You now login to your Joomla install, and add the content to your site like images and text and tell Joomla how to organize it. You have Sections, Categories and Articles available and can sort in your website content however you like.