- What is a domain?
- What is hosting?
- How are they related?
What is a domain?
When you buy a domain name you are essentially reserving the domain so no one else can use it. Then you tell your domain registrar (provider) what IP address you want the domain to point to. This information is then stored in a database for internet service providers (ISP) to reference.
When you type in a domain name in your internet browser like Internet Explorer or Safari your browser submits the domain name to your ISP and your ISP then cross references their database to see what IP address matches up with the domain. That’s where the hosting service comes into play.
What are domain registration & web hosting?