Domain Name and Web Hosting – What’s the difference?
If you’re thinking about creating a website for your business, you’ll first need to understand the difference between a domain name and web hosting. Get ready to embark on a journey behind-the-scenes of the world wide web.
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Many newbies may get confused when trying to understand the difference between a domain name and web hosting. Although it’s not uncommon to get confused, it is important to be clear on the differences between the two before setting up your first website.
Decoding the Domain Name:
Your domain name is the name of your site or your url (e.g.: www.mybusinesswebsite.com). For people to access your website, they need to type in your domain name. Your domain name serves as a more user-friendly version of your IP address, which is a string of numbers (it can look like this: 123.457.89.034), that the computer uses in order to communicate. The domain name is connected to the IP address so whichever one you type in, will lead you to the exact same results.
Common practice is to hand out your domain name, as it’s the easiest to remember.
The domain name has two parts; the TLD and the actual domain name.
The TLD is the part of the domain name that follows your actual domain name, for example, with www.mybusinesswebsite.com – .com is the TLD.
Domain names range in price, but once you purchase your own, you will have sole ownership and rights to the name of your website for a set period of time. Make sure to remember when your domain name expires to avoid losing it!
While domain names can be purchased anywhere, it’s convenient to buy the domain and set up your web hosting in the same place. We recommend this especially if it’s your first time setting up a website.
Once you have purchased your domain name, you’ll need to decide where you want to host your site. In order for your website to appear on the internet, it needs to be uploaded to a server. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet. Hosting is generally billed monthly or annually, and the price will depend on the type of server you need and how much space and bandwidth you are using for your website.
How They Work Together:
Your website and your domain are intricately tied. You need both, along with a web host, for anything to be available to your visitors. In this way, your website can be seen as a living entity (sort of). It’s based on the relationship between your domain name, web host and site files. If any one of these three aren’t working, your website won’t display.
We know this may seem daunting, so if you don’t want to start this journey on your own and are looking for assistance with setting up and developing a beautiful website of your own, contact our team of experts at Mold.
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