The Difference Between Domain Names and Web Hosting

Although These are Two Different Services

They Need Each Other To Work Together

Updated: July 22, 2023
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff

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Domains vs Hosting

Domain Names vs Websites

It is sometimes easy to be confused between the roles they play.

It is very important to be clear on the differences between the two before you decide on your first Domain Name and Website.

Every place you visit on the Internet, will have a Domain Name and a Website.

Simply put, a Domain Name is like the address of your home.

The Website is the actual house you live in.

What is a Domain Name

A domain name or URL is what a person enters in their Internet browser address bar to access a website.

And a domain name is the mechanism that helps identify and locate websites and resources connected to the Internet.

Domain names are a key part of the World Wide Web infrastructure. They provide a human-readable address for any website available on the Internet.

Domains are associated with a physical IP address that might look like this 198.122.434.80.

By using a Domain to identify a website on the Internet rather than the IP numbers will make it easier to remember and type the addresses into your browser.

Registering a Domain Name

One of the greatest feature of a Domain is that it is unique, which is to say that no two websites can have the same domain name.

You will need to register a domain name that will then serve as your unique online address. Visitors will find you using this name by your website or even by a matching email.

When you register a Domain Name, it gives you sole ownership and rights to the name of your Website. No one else has the access to the actual Domain besides you.

Millions of domain names have already been registered, and it can be difficult to find a good domain that is still available. One suggestion is that you do not add on unnecessary words or use incorrect spelling just to find an available domain.

People need to be able to remember your Domain. You should aim for something that is 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.

If the domain name you want is already taken, remember that you can use a different domain extension than just .com.


There are hundreds of domain extensions available today, and they all work just the same as the .com. Some companies even register the more popular extensions of their domain name so that no one else can.

In our case, RSH Web Services Domains are.

website hosting

What is Web Hosting

Web hosting or Websites is a collection of web pages stored on Web Servers which is accessed by a domain name.

After you created a website, you will need to store all of its files somewhere.

You would not want to store them on your home computer, this would be too slow and unreliable for today's demands.

This is where a good hosting company comes in. A web host will, as its name suggests, host all of your content (files, images, databases) 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 (web server) and accessible on the Internet using a Browser.

There are many types of Web hosts, so you want to find the one that’s easiest for you to work with.

Some hosts offer Dedicated Servers, which used mostly for large companies.

Others offer Virtual Servers. These are Dedicated Servers broken up into smaller "Virtual" Servers. Less expensive than larger Servers.

Most websites are hosted on what we call Shared Web Hosting, which is just as it sounds. You share the space with other websites on a dedicated or virtual server.

Which type is best for you depends on how much traffic you anticipate having and how much extra room you need for files, Images, videos, databases.

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What type of Website will you require?

Websites come in all different shapes and sizes. And different types or combination of types. Which you choose will depend on what you want to achieve with your website and the functionality you will need.

We have listed a few of the different types of Websites.

Personal Websites
Weblogs - Blogs
Online Diaries
Business Card Website
Portfolio Website
Social Networking Website
Product Brochure Website
Company or Organization Website
Ecommerce Website
Search Engines

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