Know the Difference Between Web Hosting and Domain Hosting

Statistics show that there were more than 4.6 billion internet users in the world as of October 2020. This number is only projected to grow exponentially in the future. The internet has been one of the fastest adopted technologies ever. The telephone took 75 years to reach 100 million users, but the internet took only 4 years to cross that point. As regular internet users, all we see is a bunch of websites that act as containers of information we need. Many of us don’t think twice about what makes these websites function on the World Wide Web.

If you are planning to launch a blog or a website, what you should know is that hosting services are required to take your hard work online and make it available to the public. There are two forms of hosting that makes this possible: web hosting and domain hosting. Take a look at how these two differ.

Web Vs Domain Hosting

Web hosting is the process of deploying websites onto a server with online connectivity, so that they are readily available for viewing on the internet. Domain hosting on the internet is a type of registrar service, which manages domain names. It uses DNS records to link domains with websites, primarily through server IP addresses. A website can have multiple domain names pointing to it, but a domain name can never point to multiple websites.

A hosting provider might offer both web and domain hosting services. However, in case domain hosting services are not provided, you will need to purchase the domain from a domain host and link it to your website. So, while choosing a hosting services, make sure they offer both, for a hassle-free experience.

Methods of Implementation Also Differ

Web hosting involves installing one or multiple websites on a physical server, which contains the necessary resources to ensure that the website works on the internet. During server installation, resource management protocols are programmed. These can be in the form of clusters, which strictly control and distribute resources. Resource overbooking is either enabled or disabled during this stage. Along with server installation and deployment of websites, installation of the server OS, security scripts, malware detection and removal software, caching software and hardware are also installed. For VPS hosting, virtual partitioning is done on the server.

Domain hosting services involve creating a virtual hierarchy. The most commonly used hierarchy is DNS (Domain Name System). DNS is a virtual, tree structured directory distributed into “levels.” Good domain hosting involves creating FQDNs (Fully Qualified Domain Names) that point to the absolute location of the domain that is looked up. FQDNs are created by specifying Top Level Domains (TLD) and Secondary Level Domains (SLD), separated by a ‘.’ (dot). For example, if our domain’s TLD is “com” and our SLD is “test” and the domain extension is “forum,” the resulting FQDN would be “forum.test.com.”

Pricing Differs Too

The pricing differs between domain and web hosting. While web hosting is complicated and provides a vast number of plans, ranging from very basic to high end plans, domain hosting is simple and usually doesn’t have that much of variety where plans are concerned. That being said, some domain hosts do provide packages for multiple domain purchases, auto renewal features to prevent domain expiry, domain retrieval services to obtain domains already taken (these involve reworking the domain IP address in DNS).

Once you know the difference between, the two types of hosting, you can make an informed decision regarding your website. Having a reliable service provider on your side and a solid FQDN can ensure that your website’s performance never lags.