Two things are vital when setting up a website: a domain name and web hosting. They might sound similar but they are quite separate things.
What is domain registration?
A domain name is the website address (also known as URL) that is used to access your site.
What is web hosting?
In order for your website to be accessible on the internet, it needs to live somewhere! So web hosting is basically the server that your website files are stored. Your domain name is used to access this server by “pointing” or delegating your domain name to the web host server address.
What’s the difference?
If it still sounds like gobbly gook, try thinking of a house. Your patch of land has an address – this is your domain – that tells the postman and your friends where to find you. Your web host is simply where they end up arriving.
The two go together and alone they’re not much use – like an address that leads to an empty block or a house with no address. The same goes for domains and web hosting!
Keep it simple!
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