If you’re new to setting up a website, the question of what is web hosting and domain name registration can be a bit confusing. In this article I will explain what each one is and the difference between the two.
Overview: What is the difference between web hosting and domain name registration?
On a basic level, web hosting and domain name registration work together to enable a website to appear in your web browser. In other words, you need both web hosting and domain name for a website to be published on the internet.
I’ll now explain what hosting is, and what a domain name is.
Hosting is where your website, and all of its files, live. Website hosting uses a computer called a server. It’s on this server that all files associated with the website exist. All content, such as images, text, forms etc all live on the server. When you use your browser to view a website, the browser calls up files from a server in a hosting account.
Where to get hosting
There are many hosting companies out there, I personally recommend heartinternet.co.uk. They have many packages to suit your needs and their customer service is pretty quick.
I can also provide 1 year’s free hosting and after the first year, it’s just £10 per month. Contact me to find out more.
Your domain name is your website address, like www.mywebsite.com for example. This is separate from the website hosting. You can register the website name with a completely different company from your hosting company if you wish, it doesn’t have to be with wherever you bought the hosting.
Once you’ve registered the website name, you point it to where your hosting is.
Where to register your website name
Again, there are many domain registration companies out there, I personally recommend 123reg.co.uk. They make it super easy to manage your domain names and again, their customer service is pretty good.