What’s the Difference Between Domain Registration and Web Hosting?
What is a domain name?
The domain name is the internet address of a website. Commonly a domain name can also be refered to as a URL which stands for Universal Rescource Locator.
The URL of a website is typed into a web browser. Their is many different types of browsers. Some of these include Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Firefox.
The domain name is what helps us navigate the internet easilty instead of needing to memorise what is called IP address. Every website has its own IP address. It is a long string of numbers which can be very hard to remember. So this is why modern day internet uses a domain name to point to the long list of IP addresses so that we may remember them more easily therfore making the internet much more user friendly.
When an internet user types in the domain name or URL of a website. The requesting internet server will send the files that belong to the website to the internet user which will present itself as a typcial web page.
The domain name actually has two parts to it. Firstly there is the (TLD) which means top level domain name and then the (SDL)
To give you a classic example of this. On the domain "DomainRegistrationDns.com.au" the SDL is "DomainRegistrationDns" and the (TLD) is the .com.au part of the name.
Here are some examples of TLD'S
How to you obtain a domain name?
To register a domain name you must first visit a domain name registrar.
You then search for a domain using the domain name search box to first make sure that your desired domain name has not already been registered. If the domain name you wish to register has not been taken by anyone else. You are free to continue to register your selected name using the registrars custom registration process.
How long can I keep the domain that I register?
With domain name registration the minimum registration period is one year.
You also have the option to register your domain name for longer periods.
Just 88 days before your domain name is due to expire or requires re registration the registered owner will receive a friendly reminder email notifiying the impending end of the registration period selected when first registering the domain. From within this email you will provided with a direct link to renew your registration.
For Australian Domain Registration .com.au domain names the general default registration period is two years.
What is website?
Generally a website is a large collection of files and pages that is related to the domain name it is connected to. It will consist of different types of media such as text, pictures, graphics, links and other types of visual content. The website will allow the public to navigate around it for different information they may be searching for.
In order to access a website, a visitor will need to go ahead and type in the domain name of the website in a web browsers address bar. This is also often called the homepage.
The difference between a domain name and web hosting
The domain name
A domain name is the name of the website that you wish to visit.
In order to operate your own website you will need both a domain name and a web host
Web hosting is where the files of your website live.
In order to operate your own website you will need both web hosting and a domain name.
Once you have registered your domain name. You will then need a web hosting server/account to upload the files that consist of the webpage you recently had designed for you by a web designer. The web hosting server will then send the files to the internet user who types in your domain name.