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It is very common to be confused between a domain name and a web hosting account

However, it is very important to be crystal clear on the differences between the two before you move on to your first website.

A domain name, is like the address of your home. Web hosting on the other hand, is the space of your house where you place your furniture. Instead of street name and area code, set of words and or numbers are used for the websites naming. The same goes with hosting, computer hard disk and computer memory are used instead of instead of wood and steel for storing and processing data files.

What is a Domain Name

A domain name is what a person enters in their Internet browser’s address bar to access a website

Computers on the other hand use an IP address, which looks something like this: 162.255.161.46. Web Servers use the IP address that is associated with your Domain Name when you type it into your web browser

In our case RSH Web's domains are

rshweb.com
rshweb.net
rshweb.org
rshweb.info
rshweb.biz
rshweb.us

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When you register a domain, it gives you sole ownership and rights to the name of your site. No one else in the market has the access to the actual name of that particular domain besides you. However, just because you have a domain does not mean that you are ready to serve your website to the world. Since millions of domain names have already been registered, it can be difficult finding a good one that is still available. Whatever you do, don’t add on unnecessary words or use weird spelling just to find an available domain. People need to be able to remember your domain name, so you should aim for something that’s short, easy to spell and catchy. Additionally, your domain will typically be a person’s first impression of your website, so you want something that will make them confident that they will find trustworthy content on your site.

What is Web Hosting

Once your website is created, you will need to store all of its files somewhere. This is where a Website Hosting Company comes in A web host will, as its name suggests, host all of your website’s content for people to access over the Internet. Your website may be digital, but its files still need to be stored on a physical hard drive and accessible on the Internet using a server. A web hosting normally refers to the web server (computer) that stores a lot of data files. A web hosting providers normally rent out web servers and network connection to the end-users or the resellers.

There are many types of web hosts, so you want to find the one that’s easiest for you to work with. Some plans offer dedicated servers for your site and others will share these with other websites. Which plan is best for you depends on how much traffic you anticipate sending to your website and how much extra room you’d like to leave yourself just in case.

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