Starting with the basics, to operate a website, you need a domain hosting and web hosting. But what’s the difference between the two? Aren’t they more or else the same thing?
Well, not exactly. A domain name is the address that you use to type in the browser’s URL bar to visit your website for example www.magnuscommunications.co; When choosing a domain name one must keep in mind that the goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to find your website. Most business owners choose to use the name of their company, like we did, to avoid any sort of confusion. In simpler terms, if your website was a house, then your domain name will be its address. Web hosting is the home where instead of furniture, all the files and data of your website live. It is like the house inside of which your website actually lives. A much easier way to look at this is if the domain name was the address of your house, then web hosting is the actual house to which that address points towards. All websites on the internet require web hosting.
Web hosting companies or hosting providers specialize in storing and serving websites. They offer different types of hosting plans to their customers. A hosting service owns and operates many different servers and rents them out to people so they can store their websites and the public can access them via the Internet. In most cases, these hosting providers will also provide any needed upgrades, maintenance, or repairs on the physical machines. So basically when you pay for hosting providers for their services, you are simply renting storage space on the internet — just like you would rent a physical space for your business. Quite often you can purchase hosting service and a domain name both from the same company, which really make things easier for you, not only by avoiding the need to link the two accounts together but also when it’s time to renew it, you can handle everything through the same dashboard.
If you are searching to have a website made for your business, Magnus communication is a web designing provider that offers multiple website development options to suit your needs. Once you have chosen your provider, you will need to create a hosting account and determine what type of hosting will work best for your site.
Types of hosting:
- Shared hosting: the most common type of hosting and is most suitable for online business owners.
- Dedicated hosting: This gives you the option of having a server all to yourself rather than sharing.
- VPS hosting: Virtual private server hosting gives you everything provided by a dedicated sever but at the price of a shared server.
- Cloud hosting: is considered to be one of the most reliable of servers as it doesn’t rely on a disk space of a single space but uses different resources for power.
We hope this article helped you learn the difference between a domain name and web hosting.