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What’s the difference between a domain and web hosting?
Posted on 2021-10-19 by Alyssa Thompson
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We’ve noticed from our conversations with clients that there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding what exactly domain names and web hosting refers to. Many people seem to use the terms interchangeably, but they are in fact referring to two different things.

Domain names and web hosting are related, so it’s understandable that they get mixed up, but since both are necessary if you want to setup a website it’s important to understand what these terms mean.

In this article, we’ll explain what domain names and web hosting are and how these two things work together.

Domain Names


A domain name refers to your website’s URL, or the address you would type into a URL bar in order to reach a specific website on the internet (e.g. www.website.com).

Domains are used to establish a unique identity for your website so that it’s easy for people to remember your web address and find your site. Without them, people would have to remember a string of code in order to pull up a website, so they’re very useful!

Domain names need to be registered with a domain host so that you can secure exclusive rights to use the name for a set period of time. They can usually be registered for a minimum of one year and you will need to renew the registration when it runs out.

Web Hosting



A web host refers to the place where all the files that make up a website are housed.

When someone enters a website’s domain name into their browser, they are pointed towards the hosting server which sends the website’s files to that person’s browser and allows them to view the site.

Hosting is provided by web hosting companies that specialize in storing and serving websites. Some companies will also offer domain name registration services so that you can buy both at once.

Why Do I Need Both?

Both a domain name and a web host are integral to building a website. After all, you can’t build a house without the land and the address.

Web hosting allows for all the content that makes up a website to be securely stored, while connecting the site to a registered domain name allows people to find that content. Basically, a domain name is the address you’d use to find a house and the web host is the land.

Hopefully this has cleared up some of the confusion surrounding these concepts, but if you’re still scratching your head over some of the technical details that go into constructing a website, Frontline Consulting is here to help!

We offer website development services with flexible options. Contact us today for a free consultation. 780-760-6922.


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