Domain and Hosting

Are you looking to create a website? Before it goes live, many elements need to be put in place first, including registering a domain name and Hosting (Web Space). But what does this involve?

Domain Name

A domain name refers to your website address. This is what user’s type in a browser's search bar to directly access your website. A domain name is unique and cannot be shared between different sites. For example

The structure of a domain name

To finish off this definition of a domain name, here is a quick explanation of its structure. Let’s take the domain name of the 3media Design website as an example:

www: this refers to the third-level domain (World Wide Web).

3media Design: refers to the second-level domain; this is the name of the site.

.com: This is the top-level domain (TLD), also known as a domain name extension.


Web hosting is the place where all the files of your website live. It is like the home of your website where it actually lives.

A good way to think about this is if the domain name was the address of your house, then web hosting is the actual house that address points to. All websites on the internet, need web hosting.

When someone enters your domain name in a browser, the domain name is translated into the IP address of your web hosting company’s computer. This computer contains your website’s files, and it sends those files back to the users’ browsers. Web hosting companies specialize in storing and serving websites. They offer different types of hosting plans to their customers.

How Domain Names and Web Hosting are related?

  • Domain names and web hosting are two different services. However, they work together to make websites possible.
  • Basically a domain name system is like a massive address book that is constantly updated. Behind each domain name, there is an address of the web hosting service storing the website’s files.
  • Without domain names, it will not be possible for people to find your website and without web hosting you cannot build a website.

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