What to Expect with Domain Hosting
If you want to have your own website or blog, you are going to basically need the following three ingredients: content (e.g. blog posts), a web hosting server, and a domain name. The hosting server is basically the space where your content is kept so it can be delivered to any internet user who wants it. You domain name is your address online so that anyone who wants to find your content can easily do so. Many companies now offer web hosting and domain hosting together as part of a package, but you can also choose these services separately.
Why Do You Need Domain Hosting?
If you didn’t have a domain name, other people online would need to find your website using an IP address. This sort of looks like a telephone number because it is made up of lots of digits. Now imagine how frustrating it would be if instead of remembering a snazzy URL address like fantasticfun.com, you had to remember something like 345.123.897.757, and you had to do this for every website you liked. Let’s face, it would be a huge pain, and the internet would be a lot less fun to navigate.
You could technically launch your own website using just an IP address but imagine how difficult it would be for people to find you. Maybe this would be okay, if you only want to share your web content with your immediate family. The reality is that most of us have websites because we want to share our thoughts with the world, or sell our products and services, so a domain name is a bit of a must.
What to Expect with Domain Hosting?
You may get a free domain name when you sign with a web host, but you can also choose to purchase your own. It is best to choose a name that is going to be memorable and you probably want it to end with the extension .com. If you are buying your own domain name, rather than choosing the free option, you will usually have to pay a regular fee to keep it (this is usually every year).
The fact that web hosting companies can offer free domain names might sound like a great bargain, but there are compelling reasons for why you might want to buy your own. The problem is that if this web host goes bust, or you want to change to a different company, what happens to your domain name? You may have worked incredibly hard to gain recognition for your website, and it can be a disaster if you lose your domain name.
You don’t even have to have a website yet in order to buy a domain name. If you want to protect your name, you could see if it is still available and buy it so you can use it at a later date. There are lots of people who purchase domains with interesting keywords because they believe they can sell these later at a higher price.