An Introduction to Domains: What You Need to Know
One of the most frequent requests we receive at Beedash is for assistance with managing domains from dealerships and other clients who are not well-versed in the technical aspects of web hosting. This is often due to a lack of understanding regarding the difference between a domain and a website, which can cause confusion and difficulties in managing their online presence. In this blog post, we’ll explain why it’s important for website owners to maintain domain hosting themselves.
What is Domain Hosting?
Understanding domain hosting involves three key concepts:
- Domain Registrar: This is the first step in obtaining a domain name. A domain registrar, such as GoDaddy, is where you go to purchase and host the chosen domain. The registrar is responsible for managing the domain name system (DNS) records and IP addresses associated with your domain.
- Domain Name: Once you have registered a domain with a registrar, you have obtained a unique address that identifies your website on the internet. Think of it as a street address, as it is how people find your website when they type in your domain name.
- Domain Hosting and Pointing: This is the final step in establishing your online presence. Domain hosting involves setting up DNS records, managing email accounts, and other technical settings related to your domain. If you want to use your domain name to host your website on another server, you will need to point your domain name to that server’s IP address. This is done by changing the DNS settings for your domain name at the registrar.
The Difference Between Hosting a Domain and a Website
Domain hosting and website hosting are two distinct concepts. Domain hosting refers to the service that allows you to manage your domain name, whereas website hosting is the service that enables you to store and serve the files that make up your website. While domain hosting is primarily concerned with managing your domain name and its associated settings, website hosting is about providing the infrastructure to store and serve the files that make up your website.
Why You Should Maintain Your Domain Hosting Yourself
Ownership and Control
Maintaining your domain hosting means you have complete ownership and control over your domain. This is important because it allows you to make changes to your domain settings as you see fit. You can modify your DNS settings, manage your email accounts, and more.
On a less technical note, maintaining a healthy domain hosting regiment also lends itself to grander image of your company. Domain names are commonly registered in the name of a business, meaning that domain name is an extension of your branding and could be considered an intangible asset.
When you own your domain, you have the freedom to control how it functions, and you’re not dependent on a third-party provider to make changes for you.
If you entrust your domain hosting to someone else, you’re potentially putting your website and online presence at risk. A malicious actor can gain access to your domain settings and redirect your website to a different location, intercept your email communications, and even hold your domain hostage for ransom. By maintaining your domain hosting, you can take the necessary steps to protect your website and data. You can set up security measures like two-factor authentication and ensure your domain is protected against unauthorized access.
While it may be convenient to have a third party handle your domain hosting, it can also be expensive. You may be charged extra fees for services you don’t need or be locked into a long-term contract. By maintaining your domain hosting yourself, you can save money and only pay for the services you require. You can choose a domain registrar that fits your budget and only pay for the features you need.
Maintaining your domain hosting may seem like a daunting task if you’re not familiar with the technical aspects of web hosting. However, it’s an important part of managing your online presence. By doing so, you’ll have full control over your domain, ensure the security of your website and data, and save money in the process. If you’re not sure how to get started with maintaining your domain hosting, reach out to your domain registrar for help. They can guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
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