👋🏾Sanjay and Natasha here. Have you ever wondered if there's a difference between Domain Registration (a process where you purchase a domain name from a domain expert) and Hosting (which provides everything -- physical servers, technical support, mailing lists)? If so, you're not alone. This is one of those questions that gets asked multiple times over, so we decided to create a blog post interviewing our experts in the field and answering as many of your 'niche' questions as we could.
Hosting a website is a relatively simple process. You'd need to have an active server (most do not allow you to host without one), a sufficient server with sufficient disk space, and an operational domain name (needs to be registered). You could also opt for shared hosting, which means all data is hosted on one server. But if you plan to create an e-commerce site or host a political campaign — look into dedicated hosting services.
What is a Domain Name?
If you're looking to pick up a domain name, domains from domain name services like GoDaddy or Google can be highly affordable. You can connect one or more custom domains to your site by registering a domain or joining a domain from a different provider.
A domain name is the address of your website that people type in the browser's URL bar to visit your website. It works like an oven: if you put a domain name in it when someone types in the browser's URL bar to visit your website.
A domain name is like your telephone number. It gives visitors a direct, one-to-one connection to you and directs potential customers to proceed with your website or landing page. It can be used to get free information, find phone numbers or email addresses, and create lists of resources for other related tasks. If someone wants to bid on your domain name, they must submit an offer through an online marketplace. The marketplace automatically evaluates bids and ranks them based on many factors, such as price, perceived value, reputation, and location.
Every online business needs a web host. Now, understandably, no particular company will give you a stellar review (that's why you're reading this *subscribe*), but a few hosting companies offer good services and at least reasonable prices. You don't want to end up with an unreliable site, as domain names with lousy registrar may lead to querying of your website, which might not be the worst outcome, especially if you're going for cheap hosting (which is free for any kind of web presence, including blog).
The Domain Name System (DNS) is responsible for updating your computer's IP address when visiting a website. When a visitor types in the domain name (example.com), the DNS system temporarily looks it up in the Internet's root zone – the leading network of the Internet. If that lookup returns an answer - an IP address – your computer is automatically directed to that location. You don't have to do anything other than trust your browser with the rest of the web and give it the go-ahead when someone types in example.ca.
Where to buy just a domain name?
Anyone can buy a domain name from a domain name registry. Most powerful domain name registrars offer domain name plans that are affordable and flexible, with additional domain extensions and subdomains for various purposes. Purchasing a domain name in this manner guarantees the availability of the domain name on the local server and ensures that you can use it with any hosting provider you choose. However, if you plan to use a domain name together with another service or application that may use different protocols and layers, buying a domain name separately from the application can save computer resources and make your setup more reliable.
What is Website Hosting?
While some individuals and small businesses buy commercial web hosting through resellers, many bloggers and entrepreneurs use free or cheap web hosting services provided by various individuals within the hosting industry. These firms offer a gateway for web hosting services to those who do not have financial resources or technical knowledge to purchase commercial hosting. Example: Shopify, Square, and Wix, etc.
A domain name is a crucial element in using any type of hosting service. While many hosting companies offer unlimited domain names, others will require that you own your own domain. This is an essential requirement if you intend to use any services that provide email marketing or web hosting as a feature. Many domain registrars offer free domain registration to bloggers. These platforms are called ""sharing"" media, and each service has different defined features.
We recommend doing a little research to make an informed decision that suits your business needs. Anyways later days, we hope this was helpful.
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