Web Hosting Glossary

Domain Hosting

domain hosting provides server space for Top Level Domain (TLD) websites

Domain Hosting

From Go Daddy: How do domain names work?
"Registering a domain doesn't automatically make your Web site appear when visitors enter your domain into a Web browser. You have to upload your Web site to a computer that hosts the site and assigns a numeric address, called an IP address, to your domain. Your domain and associated IP address are stored in a database with every other domain and associated IP address. When visitors enter your domain into a Web browser, your domain works like an address forwarding service by forwarding visitors to the IP address where your Web site is stored. We use domain names instead of IP addresses because most people find it easier to remember a name rather than a series of numbers.Go Daddy: How do Domain Names Work


Hosting a Domain name can be broken down into the following simple steps:

  1. SECURE A DOMAIN NAME:
    In order to get a web site online, the first step is usually securing a domain name for the site. This can be done at several reputable domain registrants.  Once the domain name is owned and administrated by the new owner, the domain registrar has the ability to POINT your domain name to your new hosting provider, allowing your domain name to work together with your web host’s DNS server.
     

  2. ARRANGE FOR A WEB HOST:
    Now that you have a domain name, you will want to engage a web host to provide your new site some 'virtual real estate" - a place for your website to be severed.  There are several different types of web hosting, including shared web hosting, dedicated web hosting, co-location, etc.  For many new simple web sites, a shared web hosting arrangement is economical, and is all that is required. For more complex web sites, or those with large traffic and enterprise level business needs, dedicated hosting or co-location may be required.  Whatever your hosting needs, you will be required to serve your site on a web server.  When you lease or rent your new server space with your hosting provider, they create a Master DNS record in their Domain Name Servers.
     

  3. BUILD AND UPLOAD YOUR NEW SITE TO YOUR DOMAIN HOSTING PROVIDER:
    Easier said then done, your site can be as simple as a one page website, all the way to a serious enterprise e-commerce system.  The specific business needs of your site will also have a lot to do with your selection of a domain hosting provider, and the specific types of hosting plan you require.
     

  4. POINT THE NAME SERVERS AT THE NEW IP ADDRESS
    Once you have a hosting package in place, you will be given the "name servers" of your new web site location.  It is now time to let your domain registrant where you want your new domain name to point.  By changing the name servers from there location at your registrant's site to your new web servers, you are facilitating the ability for users to simply type in your domain name and then be pointed to your new server space. Domain Hosting is simply pointing your Domain name to your web hosting provider.
     

  5. WAIT FOR DNS PROPAGATION:
    DNS Propagation can take up to 48-72 hours to make it's way around the internet.  What is DNS propagation? The master lists of name servers, IP addresses is not kept in a single location.  Each ISP and Registrar keep their own copy.  Because of this, each Internet Server Provider (ISP) caches their DNS records. This means they make their own copy of the master DNS records, and read from them locally instead of looking them up on the Internet each time someone wants view a website. These numbers are constantly getting updated and changed, so in some cases, DNS propagation can take up to 72 hours to properly point a domain name to the proper IP address.  During DNS Propagation, it is not unusual for 2 different users, using different ISP's to see completely different results.
     

  6. SITE IS LIVE!

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