When you launch a new website, you enter a world of technical jargon and terms that you have never heard before. We understand that this can be overwhelming for many site owners. Therefore, most of them either try to look for someone who makes all these decisions for them or simply ignore them until the need arises. Today, we are going to decode three important jargon for you – Domain Hosting, Web Hosting, and Email Hosting.
Basic understanding of Domain, Web, and Email Hosting
Here is a quick definition of the three hosting services:
When you want to make your website available online, you need to rent space on the internet. A place that your website calls home – its address – its Domain. Every website needs to register its Domain name with a Domain Registrar.
Apart from hosting your domain name, you also need space on the internet to keep the files and data of your website – a place on a web server. This is provided by a Web Hosting provider.
So, when a user types your domain name into the browser, the request is sent to the web server which processes it and sends the required files to the user’s terminal.
Email Hosting, as the name suggests, is all about your emails. When you use a Gmail account, and receive a 1GB email, where do you think the email is stored? On Gmail’s servers. Hence, Gmail offers a limit on the amount of data you can store on your Gmail account (it is low since it’s a free service). However, when you create a business email account, you would want it to read as firstname.lastname@example.org, right? This is where Email Hosting comes in. You can rent space on an email server from a provider and create email accounts in the name of your business.
Difference between Domain, Web, and Email Hosting
As you can see, while a domain registration is about securing a specific address for your website, Web Hosting is what makes your site available online. Also, Email Hosting helps you create a professional email account. While some providers might try to merge two or all three services, it is important to understand the role they play in keeping your site online.
Before you launch your website, it is important to understand some basic technicalities associated with it. This includes Domain, Web, and Email Hosting. We hope that this article helped you get a basic idea about them. You might want to read up a little more on them for detailed information.