What Do You Need to Host a Website?
2. What Do You Need to Host a Website
You will need the following two things to host a website.
Web hosting service providers offer you ready-to-use web servers to host your website. They take care of all the technical stuff and provide website owners with easy to use tools to manage their hosting.
Now, how do users reach your self-hosted website? This is where domain names come in.
A domain name is the address of your website that people type in the browser to visit your website. For example, wpbeginner.com will bring you to this website.
Basically, a domain name is a human-friendly way to connect user’s browsers to the website server associated with that domain name. To learn more, see our guide on what is a domain name and how do domains work.
how domain names work
You can purchase a domain name from one of these top domain registrars. These are companies licensed to sell domain name registrations. Or you can get a flying domain name start here!
To understand the relationship between hosting and domains, see our guide on the difference between web hosting and domain name.
Note: later in this series, we will show you how to get a domain name for free.
But first, let’s take a look at different types of web hosting plans and evaluate which one would be the right fit to host your website.
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