As a beginner who has just been shown or just follow our guide on how to start a website on WordPress without having the knowledge of what domain name and web hosting is all about. Some of our readers even ask that what is the usefulness of web hosting because they don’t understand what it is. So we will explain what both Domain Name and Web hosting and its differences.
What is Domain Name?
A domain name identifies a network domain, or it represents an Internet Protocol (IP) resource, such as a personal computer used to access the Internet, a server computer hosting a web site, or the web site itself or any other service communicated via the Internet. For more understanding about how domain works, you can read on details on what domain is and how it works.
Now if you wanted to visit a website on the internet, you don’t need to type a string of numbers. Instead, you can type in an easy to remember domain name, for example, wpressbeginner.com, godzgeneralblog.com.
What Is Web hosting
A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web.
To explain better, Web hosting is an online service that enables you to publish your website or web application on the Internet. To understand better you can read our guide on best way to choose a blogging platform.
A good way to think about this is if the domain name was the address of your house, then web hosting is the actual house that address points to. All websites on the internet, need web hosting. So where ever you are going you need an address which is the domain while the house is the hosting for example, am going to Woodlands Mall. 1555 Lake Woodlands Dr. Spring. TX 77380. Richmond and Sage. 5174 Richmond Avenue. Houston. TX 77056 which is the domain name, and the house am going is web hosting. Even using free blogspot platform, it is another example of free hosting for bloggers.
Similarities between Domain Name and Web Hosting
You can get your hosting and domain at the same company, I mean both web hosting and domain name with discount if you are not using free hosting company like blogger, WordPress.com. you can read our guide on differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org for more understanding.
Without domain names, it will not be possible for people to find your website and without web hosting you cannot build a website. That is the main point.
Frequently questions ask on domain name and web hosting
Where can I get the domain name and web hosting?
You can get your hosting from different hosting companies, as I have said above, you can host your website on blogger platform if you don’t have much to purchase web hosting from hosting companies. When you have little cash you can then move your blogger platform to WordPress without losing rankings.
Can I buy both Web Hosting and Domain name together?
Yeah, you can buy your domain and hosting altogether on one account, Namecheap and other hosting companies sells both together and you might buy your hosting on bluehost and decide to buy your domain name on Domain.com, its your choice, but we here advice beginners to get their hosting and domain at one hosting company.
Do I have the opportunity to move my WordPress site to another hosting company?
Sure, you might decide to move your hosting and domain to another company, like one of our website was on godaddy and we decide to move to namecheap without having any issue.
You can easily do that. Both companies have detailed step by step instructions that you can follow to transfer your domain name.
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