Many people don’t know what is domain and what is webhosting. What is “Domain Name”? Domain is something similar to your name. If you don’t have a name, how will you function? You need domain name to identify one or more IP addresses. For example, “google.com ” domain name represent more than 10 IP addresses. Domain names are used in URL to represent webpages. For example, in Microsoft’s homepage, “microsoft.com” is domain name.
Domain name could be with any extensions. Most popular international extensions are .com, .net, .org and also .info, .biz. There are many country top level domain extensions. For example, .co.uk is extension for United Kingdom. Similarly.us domain extension is for United States. .de for Germany, .be for Belgium, .cn for China, etc… There are hundreds of country top level domain extensions.
Some examples of domain names are “http://www.google.com” and “http://www.google.co.uk”. First one is .com extension and second is United Kingdom extension domain name.
As a rule of thumb, if you choose a domain name, consider first whether you could find any .com extension which is recognised as most valuable extension. If .com is not available, consider .net extension. If both .net and .com are not available, you might want to consider .org or straight go to your country top level extension.
What is web hosting? Web hosting is needed to publish your web pages. Even if you have a domain name, you need web hosting services to store and publish your web pages. Web hosting services could be accessible monthly or yearly and it is usually cheaper if you go for yearly hosting services. The web hosting company will store your web pages in their web server and will show them whenever your website has got a visitor.
There are important factors to consider if you choose web hosting services. Some people advertise their web hosting services as unlimited charging very small amount of money and assume them as they are not reliable. Check the hosting company’s status and reputation and their reliability.
Second important thing is that if you are starting developing websites, you might end up having more than 1 website. You may not want to pay for each of your websites. In that case, you might want to consider hosting services which provide multiple domain hosting. Some offer unlimited domain hosting. That means you could develop many websites as long as you don’t exceed your webspace and your bandwidth quota.
Web space is also very important in choosing web hosting services. Choose hosting services with plenty of web space.
Bandwidth is a measure of the amount of data passing through a network within a time period and it is usually expressed as per month. The amount of bandwidth is usually determined by the web hosting company’s network connections, their data center etc. Therefore, you will need to choose a hosting with plenty of bandwidth if you are expecting a lot of visitors to your webpages.