If you are launching your very first website and are new to it, you may have heard of and hosted domain names. But what distinguishes the two? What is the difference? We recommend that you quickly look at the difference between the two so you don't make the mistake again.
When you visit a website, your computer, tablet or phone makes the necessary arrangements to display the website in question. This is done by entering the domain name in the bar of your browser, which can also be done by clicking on a link. Then the domain is transcribed to the IP address of the website server. This server then sends the various elements to display the site to you. A website consists of:
A web hosting server
Let's use the home metaphor to better understand what a website is? : your domain name is the email address, the accommodation is the home and the site files are the furniture. Is it clearer than image?
Your domain name is the address of your website, such as . This address is like an address. It tells computers (and other devices) where the site can be found on the servers, allowing them to send and receive information. Without a domain name, it would be like trying to call someone on a phone that does not have a phone number. He might have a phone, just like he has a website, but there was no way to reach him.
A server is a device that is connected to the Internet and stores site files. When you pay for a web hosting service, you rent space on their hard drive so that users around the world can access files on your website to look at your website. Many hosts have multiple server positions so they can back up your site files, very handy in the event of a failure!
Web hosting is storage on your website. In this space, you save your site files, which match the layout, content, images, etc. Content management tools (CMS) like WordPress allow you to easily work with these files without getting your hands dirty on your hosting server.
There are different types of web hosting. The most common are:
Shared hosting: Shared hosting has multiple users on the same server, and all share the same resources. It's like renting an apartment. You all share the building and the common areas, but you have your own private space to make a living.
VPS: A Virtual Private Server or Virtual Dedicated Server (VPS) is a "virtual private server". Several sites are on the same server, but resources are distributed rather than shared simultaneously. It's like owning a home. You share the building with everyone, but you own your share. This means that you have a specific amount of resources allocated to you and only to you. The advantage is that your site will be much faster than with shared web hosting. And it keeps evolving.
Dedicated hosting: Dedicated hosting implies that you are on the server alone. It's like owning an entire house. This means that all the resources are yours and you can control your server. This type of hosting is ideal for sites that require instant display speed, and even more so when the site is large and cannot afford insignificant interruptions.
Most good hosts offer these three types of hosting, so you can easily migrate from one solution to another depending on the development of your website traffic.