The Difference Between a Domain Name and Web Hosting

When it comes to web development and managing a website, it’s important to know the difference between a domain name and web hosting. When setting up your first website, it’s not uncommon to get confused between domain name registration and web hosting.

First of all, a domain name is the part of a network address that identifies it as belonging to a particular domain. That might sound a bit confusing. A good example is in our website’s URL, https://www.mm4solutions.com/, the domain name is mm4solutions.com. Every domain name has a suffix that indicates which top level domain (TLD) it belongs to. Such suffixes are gov, edu, org, mil, com, and net.

Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or webpage on the Internet. In order for your website to appear on the Internet, the files need to be uploaded to a server. A web hosting service provider is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet. Websites are hosted or stored on servers.

A great way to think about the difference between the two is a domain name is much like the address of your home, whereas web hosting is the space of your home where you place your furniture.

This whole process may seem daunting, which is why our team of professionals are here to help! Need help setting up your website? Call us or email our web team at seo-dept@mm4solutions.com to receive a complimentary website analysis! 

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