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Domain and Hosting

It never ends, “the lecture of the learning website development”. Before fully diving into what domain and hosting means, I’m pretty sure you’re aware of what a website is? Well, if not, I’d let you know that a website is a page or set of pages on the World Wide Web (the internet). These pages or set of pages contains specific information about a particular subject provided by one person or entity. The information is then traced back to a common Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Hmm… are you getting me?

Domain

A domain name, on the other hand, is your website’s name and it is simply the address where Internet users can access your website. The first thing you might want to do is to secure a domain for your website or for your clients’ website. Follow the guides below to go about purchasing a domain name;

  • Choose a reliable domain registrar.
  • Find a domain availability checker tool.
  • Run a domain name search.
  • Pick the best available option.
  • Finalize your order and complete the domain registration.
  • Verify the ownership of your new domain

By purchasing a domain name, you have successfully secured it. This is because that domain name isn’t yours until you have purchased it. Anybody from anywhere can purchase it before you do. So, once you’ve decided on what should be your domain name, do go-ahead to purchase it using the guides above. We have talked about pages, set of pages, the URL et cetera but, where are all the files stored? To answer that, they are stored on a Hosting Server – that leads us to the question “what does hosting mean?”

Hosting

Becoming a webmaster requires you to think like or even see yourself as an architect. This is because you’ll with the building plan for any type of house. Website development is more of the building and building of structures. Structures that will produce a specific type of website of your choosing. Every site needs a web host — that is the company that provides servers that store your website files and make it available online for others to view. Domain registrars typically offer web hosting.

Now, to give a near-perfect analogy, a hosting server can be regarded as a Shopping Plaza. As you well know of course, with different shops in it and each shop having its own unique feature. That also is how the Hosting Server operates – you select that which is suitable for the website you have in mind. Do note that different hosting websites have their own plan which is unique to them. For instance, you don’t expect me to purchase a small shop in a plaza when I have tons of loads coming in (no customer would want to enter your shop talk more of patronizing you).

Your domain name points to the server where your website files are hosted. When a person types in your website’s domain name into their browser address bar, your host provides a place for such user to land. Web hosts provide the space where your website files are stored and allow traffic to flow to your website. Follow the guides below to go about purchasing your hosting plan;

  • Choose a reliable hosting registrar.
  • Select the hosting package that catches your fancy.
  • Finalize your order and complete the domain registration.
  • Select a password.
  • Log in to your web hosting cPanel.

Summary

Upon the successful purchase of your domain, you can go forward to get a purchase of a hosting plan and then move forward to developing your website (I’m sure you can’t wait for that) Note that it is important that your website be ‘hosted’ to be available online for others to see it.

From the aforementioned, I believe you understand that to build a website, having a Host Plan and a Domain Name is necessary. For discussions on this topic, click here to chat with the Course Instructor on FabReads Forum.

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