There is a vast difference between web hosting and domain registrations, yet they are closely related to each other, and both stand as essential web services towards creating a website.
What are domain names?
The domain name is known and understood by most. It’s the address that is typed into the search engine to reach a certain website. The internet is seen as a network of different computers connected. These computers are then assigned a series of numbers for the IP address.
The IP address stands out as a combination of numbers and full stops. These numbers are always remembered and identified by computers. Domain names were created in order for any person to easily remember the address for a specific website.
Without these URL domain names the numbers and full stops would have needed to be typed into the URL search bar in order to visit the website. Domain names may have words making it easy to remember what the address is.
Web hosting services
Web hosting is seen as where all the files of a specific website are stored and where it exists. When a domain name is entered into a search browser, the domain will be translated into the existing IP Address of the hosting provider’s computer. These computers contain and store the files of the website and send the files to the user’s browser.
The companies supplying web hosting specialise in storing and saving websites. There are many different hosting plans which can be considered by the customer from the provider.
Although they are two different services, hosting and domain names work together. They work together in a way for websites to exist and function. A domain system can be seen as a massive address book of website IPs. These are constantly updated. Behind each domain name will be the address of the hosting service provider.
Mostly when choosing a web service company to work on a website, it is wise to choose a company that can offer both these services.