Since I get posed this question quite often from my circle of contacts, I thought maybe I could use a little sharing of this, in case anyone out there has been frantically looking for an answer, and Yahoo Answers or Google somehow failed to satisfy them, and no, they’re not animals or some weird creatures, if my post titles are anything to be believed at.
So what are they? Lemme explain a briefly.
- Wikipedia’s take: A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their own website accessible via the World Wide Web.
- Mar’s take: A place to store your stuffs (website pages, images and such) online. Eg: Harddisks, Servers and so on..
- Wikipedia’s take: A domain name is an identification label that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority, or control in the Internet, based on the Domain Name System (DNS).
- Mar’s take: A name for the place that stores your stuffs so that you, or others, can locate them online. Eg: Google.com, Blog.mar.sg and so on..
So why are companies that provide these services charge expensively?
Wait, do they? My web hosting company for this blog, www.vooju.com (yes, another example of a domain name) charges me relatively afforadable rates, thus my insistance on sticking with them after all these years. Another good reason why I don’t change my web hosting provider is because there’s a lot of data to be moved, if I were to relocate my website (pages, images, files and such) to another provider. Too much hassle so I stay loyal. Tsk tsk.
Another good reason why I don’t move to cheaper alternatives like www.3ix.com (yes, another domain name example here, you’re getting more knowledgeable now huh.) is because of the .sg suffix at the end of my domain name. Yes, www.3ix.com serves really cheap and reliable web hosting services and provides domain name registration too, but because it’s a hassle for me to get a .sg domain name with them, so I don’t.
As for domain names, there are so many options available out there that I find it much better for you to search for one yourself. In any case, most web hosting providers do provide domain name registrations at the same time, but if they don’t then you’re probably better off with another provider with a better set of service features.
BUT if you need a pointer towards a reliable domain name registrar then www.godaddy.com, which has been around for a very very very long time, and has plenty of features you may like, is the recommended choice for me.
Sheesh, I feel weird promoting all these here in this blog, but at least now if anyone asks me about this topic, I can simply point them here, and by the way do you have a preferred provider of your own?