This post has been written to expand on a recent PDF I posted on LinkedIn.
Domain registration and website hosting can sometimes sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be if you understand the relationship between the two and with your website.
What is a domain?
A domain is a unique website address (eg www.yourwebsite.com) where your website lives on the web.
Imagine each of your website pages as a piece of paper.
You end up with lots of individual pages (or pieces of paper), and those pieces of paper get popped into a folder. That folder is your DOMAIN.
But your folder now needs a home, so others can find it.
What is website hosting?
Website hosting is the process of storing your website onto a ‘web server’, ready to be viewed whenever somebody enters your website address.
Your website (remember that folder with your pieces of paper in it?) needs a home. A friendly business agrees that you can store your folder in one of their filing cabinets. They are HOSTING your website.
If somebody wants to view your website, they type in your website address and a friendly office assistant pops along to the filing cabinet, pulls out your folder containing your website pages and taa-daa, your website is there to see!
And that, in a nutshell with some nice graphics, is domains and web hosting explained.
As part of my web design service, I can arrange domain registration and web hosting for you.