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The Difference Between a Hosting Account & a Domain Account

In order to have a website you need two services to be up a running.

The first thing you need is a domain name for you website. A domain name is secured through a what is called a Domain Name Registrar. A Domain Name Registrar will let you select a Top Level Domain (TLD) such as .com, .org, .net and many others. TLDs continue to grow in an effort to keep up with the demand and availability. Having a .com is always preferred but as the web continues to grow people want a domain name that fits them, after all there can only be one

Getting a domain name is easy and depends on availability so take your time and find the one that best fits you and your website.

You can have as many domains as you would like as long as you are willing to pay for them so don’t go to crazy as you select the domain you wish to acquire.

Having said all that, all your domains are managed in your Registrar account which is a totally separate from your hosting account.

Okay, that is not necessarily true. Your Registrar & Hosting provider can be from the same company but they are two different accounts / services.

Your Domain account is just the name and will not include Hosting for your website.

They are 2 separate services, both of which will have login with a username and password.

You can own as many domains as you would like, to have a website for a domain you will need a place for the files of your website. This is done on a host. A host is a computer that is on the internet where people can find your website.

It is important to understand that you Domain provider and your Hosting provider can be two different companies. Having the needed information for both will be something any Web Designer will need in order to work on, update, manage or move your website. Keep this information in a safe place, you will need it at some point I assure you.

The prices for Domain and the pricing for Hosting vary from one provider to the next so take your time and shop around.


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