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An Overview on Domain Name Registration and Domain Hosting

by Andy Coper Expert Writer
Although the number of people setting up and relying on websites is increasing by the day, most people are still unaware about various aspects of domain name registration. While some of us wrongly believe that getting a domain registered means that they would get a website, some of us have the misconception that it is a tedious process. Therefore, to bust such myths, let us have a look at some of the key jargons pertaining to the world of domains.

Domain Name System

Invented in the year 1982, the Domain Name System is a hierarchical distributed system for naming or any device or service connected to the Internet. The system was created to let computers, services, servers, and other resources relying on the web to recognize each other and communicate effectively. When a user types a URL the DNS servers running Domain Name System provide the corresponding IP address.

Top Level Domain

Commonly referred to as the “extension” of a domain name, is the highest level in the Domain Name System. Some examples of Top Level Domains would be ‘.com’, ‘.org’, ‘.net’, ‘gov’, and the like. These domain suffixes are to be chosen as per the nature of the website. For instance, ‘.gov’ extension is ideal for the websites of government bodies.

Domain Name Registry

When a domain is registered, it becomes a part of the domain name registry of its Top Level Domain (TLD). Domain name registry is database that maintains all the records of the domains registered in a certain Top Level Domain. For instance, the Domain Name Registry for the ‘.com’ domains would be different from that of the ‘.org’ domains. Similarly, ‘.corp’ is ideal for corporations.

Domain Hosting

Often confused with domain name registration, domain hosting is a different service altogether. While the registration means that you would host the hosting rights of the domain name, it often doesn’t include hosting. However, there are some domain registrars that offer domain name hosting along with domain registration service.

If you are planning to get a website built for any purpose, it is advisable to go for a provider that offers all the domain services you need in a single comprehensive package. By opting for a services package comprising of all the domain services required, you will not only save the trouble of finding another provider for domain hosting, but will also be able to save a notable amount on the overall cost of getting the website up and running.

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