What is the difference between a domain host and a site host?

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Overview

What is the difference between where you host your website and where you host your domain name?  Web hosting and Domain hosting are actually two separate services.  Many companies will offer both services, but it is very common to use a separate company for domains and another for web hosting.

What is a domain registrar?

Domain registrars are the companies that allow you to register and keep your domain name, for example, GoDaddy, Network Solutions, or Register.com.  Typically you'll pay around $10-$20 per year to register and renew your domain name.

Your domain name is your address on the web, when customers enter the address in a web browser your domain name will display the website your have built, by communicating with your web host.

What is a website host?

A web host is the company that runs the servers that contain your actual website content, like images, HTML, etc.  When a user types in a web address into a web browser, the domain name points to a web server, which processes the request and displays the content to the user.

Do I need both?

Without a web host, a domain name will just show a site not found error.  And without a domain name no one will ever be able to find your website.  This may be fine if you just want to purchase domain names to use later.

However, if you want a complete website that users can visit by typing your domain name into their web browser, then yes - you need both a domain and web hosting.

What is Duda?

If you are building your website with DudaOne, web hosting is included.  We also provide a free custom sub-domain of dudaone.com so you can get your site up and running right away.

While Duda does not sell domains, if you purchase or own a domain name from a compatible registrar, you can connect it to your DudaOne site at any time by following the instructions here.

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