What is the difference between the two?
Domain name registration and domain name hosting tend to go hand in hand, which often leads to them being used interchangeably, making the difference between the two confusing to many people. One way of keeping registration straight from hosting, is to know that registration must come before hosting.
Domain Name Registration:
Since your domain name is unique to your business, providing your online “address,” you want to make sure that no one has the same one. This is why domain name registration is necessary. Registering your domain with an ICANN accredited registrar ensures that no one else has access to the domain name while you have it registered.
In order to use a domain name for a website, redirect, domain parking or other alternative, it will need to be registered. Afternic offers an incredibly beneficial Parking Program, but it is only possible with a registered domain name. If your domain name is not registered, the domain cannot be parked. So if you’re planning to sell a domain, the most efficient and effective selling strategy is to park your domain, gaining you visibility and revenue, which means registering is a must.
Once your domain name registration is complete, you want to introduce your domain to the World Wide Web. In order to do so, you’ll need to find a web host. A domain host is where your website content lives, providing the space on a physical server for your content to be saved and served to the web from. For your website to be accessible, your registered domain must be hosted. While many domain registrars also offer hosting services, it is up to you as to whether you want to use the same company for both registration and hosting services.
This growing industry is highlighted by the premier hosting services conference, HostingCon, which is taking place in Boston this week. While this event emphasizes the hosted services industry, there has been a increasing number of domaining professionals joining the conference over the past eight years since it began.
The merge of the domaining industry and hosted services industry, much like the blended use of domain name registration and domain hosting, indicates that one depends on the other. The creation of a website starts with the purchase of a domain name, like the one’s offered in Afternic’s premium domain marketplace, and the rest stems from there.