What is the difference between registering a domain and hosting a domain?
Basically, a domain is an ‘address’ on the internet and hosting is the ‘space’ where the website files are stored.
A domain name is a set of letters and numbers which make up the web address of your website. Our domain name is Afrihost.com. Our web address is www.afrihost.com
To have your own specific website address you need to register your own domain name.
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Domain registration is the act of signing up for a web address that someone can search for on the internet. The domain name may be your business name, your blog page, or even an online store.
This domain is in a word format and readable to humans such as Afrihost.com. A domain name is an easy-to-remember website name. The web address can then be accessed directly or with an internet browser and the user will be directed to the web page.
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Registration secures the domain name for future use, registering the domain name only does not include hosting services but does give you full access to DNS pointing to any IP address, depending on your specific requirements.
A domain name can also be reserved for future use, also known as domain parking.
Hosting is when you rent ‘hosting space’ with an ISP for your website and/ or files on a server.
This is usually a more inclusive option which includes the domain name registration, web hosting space/traffic for your website and files, access to emails, databases, FTP, and user control features.
It is more cost-effective to have your domain and hosting services at one ISP. Your resources will then be managed by the ISP.
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