Explaining How Hosting, Domain Names, and Websites Work Together
Recently, I was explaining websites to my dad. He had no clue what I was talking about when I brought up hosting and domain names, and why you need them both for your website to work. So, instead of using “tech speak” and throwing out words like server, FTP, and IP Address, I used an analogy that he, as a contractor, would understand. I compared websites, domain names, and hosting to a house. Compare them to a house? How in the world do those three things share similarities to a house? It’s simple really; when you build a house, you first need to buy the land it’s going to be built on. That land is like your hosting account. Your hosting account (land) is where your website (house) will be built. After you have your land, you build your house. Your house is like your website; it has many rooms that have different purposes. The many rooms in your house are the different pages in your website. For example, your front door/foyer would be your home page. Besides your house having rooms, it also has a street address. This address is how you receive visitors and mail. But does the address correspond to a website? Yes, it does. That address is like your domain name. Just like when you give your friends your house address to come over for a visit, you give out your domain name for people to come to your website. The mail that comes to your house is like the e-mail (with your domain name: firstname.lastname@example.org) that comes to your inbox. With this analogy, my dad easily understood what each piece was for, and how they basically worked together to get your website working. Now, I know there are a lot of other pieces to the website puzzle, like databases, servers, and FTP; to name a few. If you have any questions about websites, I’d be more than happy to answer them. Give me a call at 608-519-3070 or shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com.