You know you need a website. You’ve read and googled everything under the sun about domains, hosting, content, files, images, etc. But, if you’re still confused, let’s clarify some of the terms.
Domain names and web hosting are two different services. However, they work together to make websites possible.
Google tells us this:
Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.
All websites on the internet need web hosting, and for the website to have a purpose, it needs content. Here’s an analogy that may help: think of this as if it were your home.
The DOMAIN NAME is your street address. And, like your home, it’s how people can find you. It’s the name that comes between the www and .com. As in www.thisisyourdomainname.com
I recommend GoDaddy to purchase your domain, but there are hundreds of others. NOTE: After you click “Buy,” you’ll have an option to auto-renew. Personally, I think this is a necessity, so you don’t forget to renew each year and then lose your name.
WEB HOSTING would be considered your house. It’s the place where all the files of your website live.
Many companies offer web hosting. And, as in anything else, some are good and others not so much. I recommend BlueHost without question. They’re reliable and have excellent customer service for beginners as well as for the more experienced. This is my affiliate link, and from that, I get a small commission. But, I’d recommend BlueHost even without it because I’ve been very pleased with their service.
THE CONTENT is what’s inside your house, e.g. rugs, furniture, appliances, etc. It includes the latest version of WordPress, your theme, and your plugins, as well as your blog and any text and images you add to your pages.
I use and recommend the theme Make by Theme Foundry. It’s so easily customized and very user-friendly for a DIYer. And their customer service is stellar! They respond quickly to any questions, provide tutorials, and have a help forum for answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.
If you want a website, you’ll need all three elements: a domain, hosting, and content. If you’re ready to launch your new site, I’d love to work with you. Shoot me an email or schedule a coffee chat.
Did this clarify the difference?
- Domain = your street address (www.thisisyourdomainname.com)
- Web Hosting = your house (the place where all your data is stored)
- Content = your furnishings (the “contents” of your home)
Please comment below if you still have questions. I know this can be confusing.
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