Website Development-Difference Between A Domain And A Website

website domainThis may seem very like a very trivial subject to most people, but the truth is that many people do not understand website development, let alone the basics.  Even for those that do understand, they might not have the time to actually do it themselves and the employ companies such as Lonnie Metzler to get them up and running. So today we are going to explore the difference between a domain and a website.

The Difference Between A Domain And A Website

While domains and websites are closely connected, they are two very different things. After registering a domain you need to do something with it, put it to work for you. Your domain can be used for a website, for an email account, or for both. You can, however, register a domain and choose NOT to use it for a website or an email account.  However, you can’t have a website or an email account without a domain.

When used for a website, your domain name is what people type into their browser to find your site. This is why they are sometimes referred to as web addresses. So lonniemetzler.com is the domain used for Lonnie Metzler’s website. Registering a domain, however, doesn’t automatically create a website. It only means that you’ve registered the domain.

So for example, if you decided to start your own business and you thought of great name for it, you might copyright the name to protect it. However, simply giving your business a name is only one of many steps that go into building your business. In the same manner, when you register a domain and want to use it for a website, you’ll need to first build the website, and then find a host for it so it can be visible on the Web.

What’s A Host

Website hosts are companies that house, serve, and maintain files for one or more websites. Think of a website hosting company like a shopping center that contains several individual stores. If you want to open a store at the shopping center, you can lease space and set up shop. Just like a shopping center, website hosting companies enable you to lease space on their web servers, where you can store your website files and make them available for visitors to view.

Because you’ve registered your domain, you can use it at any web hosting company you want. Remember your store in the shopping center? Suppose you decided to move your store and lease space at a different shopping center. If you packed up your products and moved to a new location, you would still be able to use the same name for your store. The same is true for your domain. Regardless of where you decided to host your website’s files, your domain remains yours for the duration of your registration.

At Lonnie Metzler we have the tools to help you register your domain and build your website so you don’t have to deal with this. If you already have all of this taken care of, great!  We are able to help you revamp your site or realize your websites full potential!