Owning a business is never free. Not only does common sense tell you this, but if you already run your business then you know it from first-hand experience.

Likewise, owning a website is never free. It is part of an ongoing business expense.

Before owning a website, you’ll need to have two basic products so your Web Designer can have something to work with.

These two products include:

  1. Your domain name
  2. Your web hosting service

These products are obtained by your Web Designed via “registrars.”

Instead of spinning your wheels a year from now trying to figure out what a “registrar” is and which one is best, SWI is providing you some upfront information so you can be prepared. Just remember, the financial information you are about to read applies for one year after you’ve determined your domain name (you will receive training on how to do this shortly).

What is a Domain Name Registrar?

A registrar provides domain name registration to companies or individuals who want to own a particular domain name. As a website owner, you will be required to pay the registrar a fee to keep your domain name registered so no other company or person can acquire your website address.

What is a Web Hosting Service?

Have you ever clicked on a link to get to a website and instead of that website appearing, an error message showed up? Well, if you have no hosting for your site, then the Internet (or World Wide Web) won’t know it’s there.

A web hosting service provides Internet space to companies or individuals who want their website to be seen on the World Wide Web (www). The space you rent from the web hosting service stores your website and all of its content. This means that when someone clicks on your domain name (for example, in a Google search) they are able to view your website (and that pesky “under construction” error should never occur).

In a nutshell:

  • Your domain name registrar is what identifies your website as “yours.”
  • Your web hosting service provides you the Internet space where your website is stored on the world wide web.
There are many, many domain name registrars and hosting services available. All you have to do is Google for “registrar domain names” and as of this writing, over 1.3 million are waiting for you. Generally, if a company is a domain name registrar, they also sell hosting (and vice versa).

However, registrars are not the only players in town. Resellers such as IHP offer the same services and products including hosting and domain names.

Understanding the Domain Name

To keep things simplistic, your domain name is “owned” by the domain name registrar. A good way to view it is understanding that you are simply “renting” your chosen domain name for as long as you pay a registrar the rental fee. This means no other person or company can obtain your domain name for as long as you pay the rental on it.

Domain name “rentals” are commonly procured on an annual basis though you can rent domain names for longer stretches of time.

Understanding Hosting Services

If you recall, “hosting” was covered earlier under How Much Will a Website Cost?  

As a quick review, hosting is comparable to real estate. Your website doesn’t simply dangle in space; it “sits” on “Internet real estate” owned by hosting registrars. Because this real estate is so extremely expensive, individual websites “rent” Internet space from the registrar or from resellers. This “rent” is referred to as “hosting.”

After your one year of free hosting through SWI, you can expect to pay out-of-pocket for your hosting services. Hosting providers will charge a fee (monthly, quarterly, or annually) to host your website.

Compare SWI hosting to $99 / $199 / $599 per month hosting and you will see that we work to offer a fully integrated experience. BTW: Be weary of hosting companies that charge a small monthly fee the first year. It’s been my experience that this normally means that after the first year, the fee will consistently raise on a regular basis.

So, your hosting is for your “web space” and your domain name is for your “web address.”

Your Thoughts?

The IT lingo can sometimes get tricky – but one of my goals is to filter out all the tech-talk so it makes more sense. I would love to hear how this article has helped you understand domain names and hosting. Please drop me a comment below and we’ll talk soon. Thanks!

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