Domain name and web hosting are one of the most commonly confused terms. There are many companies that offer both services while some offer individual services. The easiest way to explain the difference between domain name and web hosting would be with a simple example, the house you live in and the space that your house is web hosting and the address of your house is the domain name. So, your website where you post stuff and advertise about your products is web hosting and the address of your website is the domain name.
A Domain name:
A Domain name is the name that has been chosen for the official website. It is assigned to businesses when they have legally registered for it. Once the domain name has been assigned to a particular owner, it becomes their property and hence cannot be used by anyone. If anyone uses other’s domain it is considered as copyright infringement. To have the website go live, the business needs to have configured access to a webhosting server. Some of the most common and famous website that offer domain name with in the range of 10$-50$/month depending on the extension that has been purchased are:
After the domain name has been purchased, you are assigned with username and password. You need to share the login details with your web developers.
Web hosting is a service which offers space for file storage for the website that has been setup. Web hosting providers rent out servers to registered website owners. The website owners are also issued network connections so that the end users and resellers can connect and conduct business. In order for the website to become accessible for the end users, there is a need to upload relevant files up on the server, this is where web hosting or rented spaces come in use. If you use word press or Dream weaver to build and design your website you need a web host that does not restrict.
Domain name and webhosting:
A domain name can be purchased from any domain providers, but it is advised to purchase the domain name and request web hosting from the same platforms so that there is easy synchronism. Below are some of the companies that offer both, domain name and web hosting servers:
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