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Web Hosting vs Domain: What Are Their Differences?

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Many people who are now starting internet and want to create a website do not know that domain name and web hosting are two completely different things!

A website is made up of different elements that work together in a harmonious way to show your content to visitors.

It's impossible to have a website without web hosting or domain name - both need it!

For example you can have all your files in one hosting site but if you do not have a domain name then they cannot be accessible to the public - except with the ip and the exact path!

If that sounds a little alarming to you, don't be scared! Read the full article and you will understand the differences between domain and web hosting, and how these 2 are linked.

What is Web Hosting?

To have your website online 24 hours a day, you must either have your computer open (and of course properly configured to function as a web hosting server) or purchase a web hosting package.

Of course over 99% of the world chooses the second solution - the purchase of a web hosting.

Web hosting services are usually charged per month, depending on the package and benefits you choose.

The provider will provide you with the space where you can upload your applications and files to make them accessible to the general public.

A company specializing in webhosting has all the necessary technical infrastructure to host the files on your website.

Your package, and then your website, will simply be owned by a small server server, sharing it with dozens or hundreds of other websites!

But don't be afraid, as shared web hosting has many advantages, such as:

Low Cost: Shared hosting is the lowest cost and is the perfect choice for those who are now starting their internet adventure with a new website.

Easy to use: Shared web hosting is very easy to use as everything comes pre-configured. You only need to upload your files!

Instant upgradeable: Whenever you want, you can upgrade your package to a bigger one with more space and more features!

To start hosting your website, it is enough to select the right web hosting package from the various providers available.

We suggest you choose a Greek company for better speeds and more direct support.

What is a domain name

The domain is the name of a website, as it must be written in order for anyone to access it!

For example, on our website the domain is webhostinggreece.gr - if you type it you will be directly on our site!

If there were no domains, users would have to remember a number of (ip) numbers to be able to access your site.

Now, the domain name covers ip as a mask so your visitors only need to know the name of your site!

There is plenty of 'background' behind each domain and how it relates to your webhosting package (with nameservers, A records, etc.) but you do not need to know them!

How Web Hosting and a Domain Name Work Together!

In order for your website to be online and accessible to anyone and everywhere, it is enough to buy a hosting package with a domain.

In the company you buy - we recommend the Greek company Tophost - you will use some nameservers that you need to register in the domain you purchased.

If you buy domain + web hosting together then it is very likely that this process will be done by the company and you will do nothing.

Otherwise, you will simply insert 2 to 4 nameservers into the corresponding domain of your domain (domain administrator).

This way you declare to your domain "where to find" your files and display them when you type the name of your website.

From now on all you have to think about is building your website, as in less than 24 hours the domain will be ready to use!

To get started and choose your own domain with a hosting package, click here!