Step #8 of Ten
You want to know what a domain name and hosting is! This article will address that question so there will be no doubt to what they are and most importantly one of the best places to get yours. From the previous step, you understand the importance of having a website as it is the platform from where you’ll display your content to the world. For you to do that, you’ll require a domain name and a hosting package. Without either of these two, the website does not exist on the Web.
The best way we’ll take a look at these two is to break them up in our discussion for the moment:
- What is a Domain Name?
- What is Hosting?
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is the Internets way of knowing who and where you are. With hundreds of million of websites floating around in cyberspace, the only way people surfing the Web can find you is by having a unique identification. The Internet has come up with a method that allows the combination of letters, numbers, and words to be put together as a one time string as a unique identifier in front of an extension.
In the beginning, the extension was .com and due to the massive traffic turnover of all the sites being developed, others had to be incorporated such as .net, .org then the countries also came into play with .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, or .co for Colombia.
There are so many sites being developed that there are generic extensions like .club, .website, .photography, .accountant, .acountants or .actor and the list goes on.
Depending on what you are doing on the Internet determines whether you purchase a top level domain name like .com, .net, .org or a one of the lesser extension choices.
Now every time you have a different extension, you can have the same name in front. An example is for one of my businesses TD Remodeling would be tdremodeling.com and tdremodeling.ca. Both of these domain names could be a separate company owned by two different entities but in this case, they both belong to me.
So every domain name that is on the Web is a one of a kind address for a company, organization or individual doing something on the Internet.
Now the same way we all have an address for mail, not everybody lives in a detached home. Some people live in condos and apartment buildings. The Internet is addressing this same scenario by having what is called a sub-domain name. You can take any domain name and by adding another unique identifier in front of the original domain name and add a period create as many new addresses as required.
You see this is how the providers offer you a free website by allowing you to add on a unique identifier for the Internets search engines to find you. So whether they need a hundred, thousand or more, just keep adding them on according to availability.
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What is Hosting?
The second part of what we’ll take a look at is what is hosting?
Known to many as Webhosting, Web Hosting, and Website hosting is classified as when a business will have one or more websites where they house them by maintaining all related files and the services that go with it. Most providers offer connections on a T-carrier system for fast connections vital for Internet users. The cost of these connections is expensive on one’s own but through a provider the many split the costs.
When it comes to free hosting, some companies refer to it as virtual hosting where they will supply you with a sub-domain and storage space for your website. Either term of hosting or virtual hosting are synonyms with one another. There is also what is known as a virtual server where it will appear an individual or company will have their very own server to control their website.
With colocation, you’ll have larger companies purchase their own servers to have them placed on the providers site to give them the fast connections they require for the Internet. These dedicated servers work well for the high traffic companies requiring dedicated hosting.
For the majority of us, we do not need to worry about setting up a server to host our websites but instead, look into having a package and options that come with the best plan that will give us the hosting we require. That’s another advantage of being able to start with a free hosting package as it allows you to see or at least figure out what you need. For a more in-depth look at hosting with a provider check out Free Website Building and Hosting.