What is the difference between a domain name and a web site hosting account?

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QUESTION
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I don’t understand the difference between a domain name or domain name registration, and my web site hosting account? Can you please explain?

 

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ANSWER
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A domain name is simply the address to reach your web site.
Think of your domain name as your home address, for example: 1234 Main Street.
Your domain is simply the address, or name, visitors use when looking for your web site.

A web site hosting account is the account where your web site pages and pictures are hosted for people to view on the web via their web browser.
Think of your web site hosting account as your actual house, for example: a white, two story house
Your web site hosting account is the account you have with us allotting you so much disk space for your web site files, pictures, emails, email accounts, etc…

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Domain names are registered through a domain name registrar.
You may use our domain registrar for your domain registration, or any registrar on the web.

Web site hosting accounts are setup with a web site hosting company like us where we store your web site files and emails, etc… for access via the web.

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Many times companies will register multiple domain names for their single hosting account just to cover any misspellings, multiple company names, dot com vs dot net vs dot org confusion, etc…
anySiteHosting.com, for example has a SINGLE web site hosting account, but MULTIPLE domain names pointing to it.
You can reach anySiteHosting.com via the domain names anySiteHosting.com, anySiteHosting.net, anySiteHosting.org, NESiteHosting.com, etc…

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You may also choose to keep your domain name registration active, but not the web site hosting account.

Many times organizations may choose to suspend their web site hosting account when there is no further use for an active web site at the time, but hold on to the domain name registration, just so that the domain name does not fall into the use of one of their competitors, or perhaps they may have some future use for a web site there again at some point in the future.

 

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EXAMPLES
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APPLIES TO / KEY WORDS
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Web Site Hosting Account
Domain Name Registration

 

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REF
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http://anySiteSupport.com
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