WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME AND REGISTRATION?
A domain name is a string of characters that identifies a website. Is what users type in their browser to visit your site. Web hosting is a service that provides space on a server for your website files, allowing it to be available on the internet.
Domain and hosting work hand-in-hand – imagine that both your IP address and the domain name act as your website’s address, and web hosting is the actual house. Without web hosting, your site can’t exist on the internet.
Let’s briefly go over the steps of how to build a website with Hosting:
- Pick your domain name and check its availability using the domain checker. Choose the option that best suits your needs, finalize the order, and complete the domain registration.
- Create an account on Hosting and pick a suitable hosting plan for the website.
- Choose a platform to start building your site – a website builder, an eCommerce script, or a (content management system). With Hosting, you have the option to use any website or popular CMSs such as WordPress.
- Customize your website, upload files, and add content. Finally, when you’re ready – publish it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Now that you’ve learned about domain names and web hosting, here are some commonly asked questions that might help you understand more about their differences.
Do I Need Web Hosting if I Have a Domain Name?
Yes. A domain name is just your website’s address, while web hosting stores all your website data and files. Without web hosting, your website is nonexistent, and your domain name would point to nowhere.
With web Hosting, you can get a domain name and web hosting account altogether. There are different plans and price ranges, too, depending on your website needs.
Do I Need a Domain if I Have Web Hosting?
It depends, but most of the time – yes. Some web hosting providers include a subdomain name that you can use free of charge. However, these subdomains don’t make your site look professional and cannot be customized.
Purchasing custom domain names allows your website to have its own branding and voice. It also makes it easier for your web visitors to remember your site’s name.
Do I Have to Buy Web Hosting and a Domain Name Together?
You don’t have to buy a domain name and a web hosting account together. However, when you buy them separately, it is necessary to change the DNS settings and point the domain to your web hosting company. Otherwise, your website will become inaccessible.
On the other hand, purchasing web hosting and a domain from the same web host will save you the hassle of changing the domain name settings. It also offers a more convenient solution, as you manage and upgrade both services on the same admin dashboard.
Can I Transfer My Domain Name Over to Hosting?
Absolutely. Hosting offers a domain name transfer service .It’s a straightforward and quick process.
You simply need to access hosting domain page and enter your domain name in the provided space.