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Website Basics: Defining Domains and Web Hosting

What is a Domain Name?

Domain is simply the technical term for your website’s online address. For example, if you own a store named The Best Fruit and you want to begin selling online, you might choose a domain such as “www.thebestfruit.com.” This name adds credibility to your website and is easy to remember and recognize for your site visitors. As with all domains, there is a small yearly fee to renew and maintain ownership of your address.

Did you know? Having a domain not only adds credibility to your website, but it also allows you to create professional and unique email addresses for your business. Rather than needing a Gmail or Yahoo! account, you can use your domain name to create an email address like “info@thebestfruit.com” or yourname@thebestfruit.com”. Customers will feel more confident and secure in your business when reaching out to contact you.

What is Web Hosting?

One way to understand the meaning of web hosting is to see it as a service you will need in order for your website be visible online. For a website to be public and accessible on the web, it needs to stored on a server that is connected to the Internet. A web host is a company that owns and maintains those servers and essentially rents out space on them for people to store their websites. By signing up for a web hosting plan, you’re agreeing to pay the web host an annual (or monthly) fee in return for a safe and secure place for your website on one of their servers.

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