Web hosting companies provide space on their computers for many of the websites that people encounter while using the Internet. They also offer other services that allow website owners to send and receive email, make changes to their web page and operate online stores. Similar to how people use their home computer to store documents or other files such as pictures and music, web hosts use specialized computers called servers to store the text and image files that make up their customers’ websites. Web hosting companies use their servers and other equipment to allow people to access their customer’s websites as well as send and receive information from those sites.