Domains, Hosting, and WordPress – 3 Website Terms Explained

A member over in my private Facebook community recently asked a question: “What is a web host and what is WordPress?” This is a very common question and many people answer it in different ways but here’s my simple definition:


The easiest way for me to explain web hosting is to compare it to a home. Your web hosting is the plot of land that your home will be built on.


Think of your domain name or website URL as your street address. It’s what people type in their web browser to find you.

Your Website

And last but not least, is the home, which is your website.


WordPress is a website-building software you can use to build your online home.

Next Steps

Now that you’ve gathered all of your materials, you need someone to bring your vision to life and get your website up and running. If you’re tech savvy, and have the free time and patience to learn a software, you can head over to this basic WordPress website setup guide.

If not, and you prefer a done-for-you option, this is where website designers and developers (like me) come into play. You can learn about my services here.

If you’re just starting out and don’t have the budget to invest in owning a professionally built website, you may want to consider renting one instead!

WordPress Alternative

DIY website builders are an affordable way for new small business owners to launch a starter website quickly and easily without the need to hire a designer or developer.

While there are a few limitations, which I explain in this blog post. It’s a great alternative for those who are just starting out and aren’t quite ready to make the investment.

I’d recommend this DIY website builder over WordPress for those who choose to build their own website because it is super user-friendly for non-techies.

Think of it as an apartment complex. It’s move-in ready, just bring your logo, brand colors, text, and images and you’re all set and ready to launch. Sure, there are limitations as to what you can or can’t do since you are renting the space, but it’s convenient, easy, and affordable.

Of course, my website builder of choice is WordPress since I’m a bit of a control freak and appreciate having 100% creative freedom, but ultimately, it depends on what makes the most sense for you and your business.

Need help choosing the right website builder for you? Request a free 30-minute consultation and let’s figure it out together!

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