What is the Difference Between a Domain, Website and Hosting

Hi, Liza here from Content Maximiser. Welcome to another episode of the Content Maximiser podcast! We just finished building a website for a new dental client Sandra from Newcastle. We are about to go live, and we asked them to update a few details so that they can point their domain to our hosting so the website can go live.

She just looked at me, looking a bit confused, and asked me, I thought a website is a website, what is a domain? And what is hosting? Her reaction is actually really common, so I thought I’ll make a quick video explaining the difference between the three…

 

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Let’s start with the domain. A domain is your URL such as www.mybusiness.com.au. Your domain is like your address for your shop, and when people enter that address in the GPS, the GPS will take you to that location. When someone types your domain in the web browser such as Chrome or Safari, it will point them to your website. So like I said, the domain is like the address for your shop.

So what is the website? A website is like the fit-out of your shop. It is what people see when they walk into your shop. So imagine when people walk into your shop, they see a reception area, they see your walls, they see your paintings that are hanging on the wall, so basically, everything that people see when they walk into your shop, that’s equivalent to a website. It’s like when people go to your domain, and everything they see, from your homepage, to your services pages, to your contact page, they all make up your website.

And finally, what is hosting? So hosting is like the empty shop. You would have either rented a commercial shop front or bought it, but it would have been empty. It would have been an empty space with 4 walls, a floor and a ceiling. it is simply a space, and hosting is the same. Hosting is simply a space for you to put the website in.

Now there are different types of hosting spaces, just like they are different types of shops. For the shop, the price that you pay will be determined by the size it is, the location it is in, the quality of the build and the facilities that are available. So with hosting there are also different prices for different types of hosting, such as the space that you have, the bandwidth, the security it has, the type of backups, the location of the nodes the hosting company provides. Whether it is a private hosting so the server totally belongs to you, or whether you are simply hiring some space in a public hosting server.

So in summary, you’ve got the domain which is like an address, you have got the website, which is like a shop fit-out, and then you have hosting, which is like the empty space to build your shop.

I hope this episode has given you more clarity around these three elements. If you’re looking at upgrading your website with a customised design, we would love to help.

All our websites are custom-designed websites. We don’t do template sites. Our philosophy is through the design of the site, we help our clients build their authority and differentiate from their competitors. All our sites also employ conversion optimisation principles and move visitors towards conversions.

If you like the sound of our philosophy, why you fill in the form on our website, organise an obligation-free VIDEO zoom call, show us a few websites you like, and see if we can help you.

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Dr. May Chan
Dentist & Co-Founder, BDS (Adelaide), FICCDE (Ortho), Dental Boutique
Content Maximiser is a full-service digital team of experts who not only creates and develops online strategies, but also helps bolster the company’s online reputation and works to optimize all online content for search.

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