Domains, Hosting and Email

To run a website you need a domain name and you need hosting. People often wonder what the difference is so this section of the Knowledge base aims to give you an easy to understand breakdown of what each term refers to.

An acronym I've given people in the past is to think of your website as a house - your website is the actual bricks and mortar, but you can't be there without paying council tax (in the UK anyway!) which is like your hosting. Meanwhile you can't receive any mail until you have an address - your domain name.

You may get your hosting and your domain name from the same company, but they are very different services and it's wise to know what the terms refer to so that you can understand invoices and who you need to contact should one or the other have issues.

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