Domains, Hosting, and WordPress – 3 Website Terms Explained

In this blog post, I want to briefly explain three common website terms: domains, hosting, and WordPress.

A member of my 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:

Hosting

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.

I use and recommend FlyWheel for myself and my clients but some other options you may have heard of are Dreamhost and BlueHost.

Here’s why I prefer Flywheel over other available options.

Domains

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

Some website hosting companies give you the option to register your domain name when you purchase your hosting plan. Another option is to register your domain name directly through Google Domains instead of a 3rd party like your hosting provider.

This is the direction I typically recommend since it will simplify the process of setting up your professional email address through Googe Workspace later.

WordPress

And last but not least, is the home, which is your website. While there are many tools available to build your website, I specialize in using WordPress. Similar to how many bookkeepers specialize in using Quickbooks Online versus other software like Xero.

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

Here’s why I recommend using WordPress.

Next Steps

Once you’ve gathered all of your materials, you’ll 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 new software, you can tackle this step yourself and reach out to schedule a 1:1 consulting call with me if you run into any issues.

If you prefer to save time with a done-with-you solution, you can learn about my website setup service here.

Do you have questions about hosting, domains, or WordPress? Ask me over in the Facebook Community!

I’m always happy to help!

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