Facebook shelled out a whopping USD 8.5 million for acquiring the domain name fb from The American Farm Bureau.
So, you have decided to get your own website for boosting your business, or for showcasing your quality work. And now, you have comes across these unfamiliar terms―’web hosting’ and ‘domain registration’. Well, don’t get confused. For now, you only need to understand that web hosting and domain name (which you’ll be registering shortly) complement each other. You need both of them for taking your website online.
What exactly is web hosting?
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In simple words, a web hosting is an entity which hosts a website, like our very own buzzle.com, or any web service like facebook, pinterest, twitter, etc. A website is made up of resources like multimedia content, CSS and Java scripts, compressed archives, .php and .html files, databases, etc. These resources will have to stay somewhere on the Internet, accessible to anyone using certain web protocols.
Why you cannot use free cloud storage for building a website?
You cannot upload the resources required to build a website to free cloud storage service like Dropbox, or Google Drive, OneDrive, etc., and then use them as building blocks for your website. Web hosting is much more than mere online storage. It employs the use of many Internet protocols like HTTP, FTP, POP, IMAP, etc., and also has a powerful CPU to process the requests for resources made by visitors to a website.
Why do you need to register a domain?
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Technically speaking, you can build and take your website online even without buying a domain name. This is contradictory to what I mentioned in the beginning of the article,