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Hosting is the activity or business of providing storage space and access for websites, when hosting one yourself is not an option. Shared hosting occurs when multiple websites are hosted on the same server. (A server is a data processing computer program/machine that waits for requests from other machines or software and responds to them). For example, this Wordpress blog shares the same facilities with lots of other WordPress websites! In this case the host has the majority of the control and deals with the maintenance of the network. Alternatively, hosting via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is cheaper and allows for greater control.
A domain name is an ‘identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet’. In other words, they are used to make IP addresses more accessible and memorable to the general public. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name. A websites domain is linked to their IP Address – this is made up of a unique string of numbers separated by periods that identifies each computer using the Internet Protocol (IP) to communicate over a network. Infact, every computer that connects to the internet is assigned its very own unique IP address! Part of the domain name system is made up of ‘top level domains’- do these sound familiar?
The rest of the domain is made up of the businesses name, or a key word/phrase that the users wants to associate with the site. The market for domain names is extremely competitive – some are easier to remember than others, and are therefore more valuable to the business.
Interested in learning more? Here’s a good source for making a good domain name.