A question that comes up over and over again with my clients is “What is the difference between a domain name and hosting?” Do I need both? How much should this cost? Where do I get hosting? Where do I get my domain name? Can you do this all for me?
Domain names, registrars and hosting … oh MY!
Here’s my fastest answer.
Domain Name = your website name, an easy to remember address on the web
It will cost $10-15 per year for your domain name. You pay a domain registrar for this. One domain registrar company is GoDaddy.com but I tend to use NameCheap.com.
Hosting = Where your keep your website on the web.
Your web host has a computer on the web that stays connected to the internet 24/7 for the sole purpose of displaying your website to the world as fast and securely as possible.
Web hosting starts at $5 per month to $29 per month for a small website. This is what I recommend to those just starting out.
In upcoming posts I will detail the companies that I recommend for both registering your website and for hosting, and why I recommend that you do this with two separate companies. I also recommend that you register your website YOURSELF.
More coming soon …