For others to access your website one has to have both. Without a domain name it is not possible for people to access your website.
You need both domain and hosting services to build your website. Web hosting allows access to a server where you can host your websites files for the term you choose which is usually yearly but you can opt for monthly packages as well. Many hosting companies allows discount on buying biennially and triennially and it is always a better option to choose from.
Domain name is also not free to choose and you have to buy the domain name for the term of your choice as well which is also offered in yearly, biennially and triennially terms.
How Domain & Hosting are Related ?
Domain names and webhosting are related in a way that they work together. A domain is the address of a computer (Server) where you website resides in and you can call it a home whereas a domain name is the address to your home in a way.
Do I have to buy them together? Or can I buy them separately?
Domain names and hosting services can be bought from different companies but in that case you have to point you domain name to web hosting company. It is called DNS settings and also name servers. When doing so, it usually takes 24-48 hours to correctly propagate your DNS records.
Therefore it is always advisable to buy a domain and hosting services from the same company especially if you are beginner and don’t want the mess of updating records here and there.
Is it Worth Hosting a Website on Your Own PC ?
Technically yes you can host your website on your computer but to do this task we have specialized machines called servers designed and optimized for this purpose solely. You need hosting servers because they are designed for performance, agility, multitasking and offers great flexibility, security and reliability.
Along with performance you also require 99.9% uptime so that you don’t have to face website downtime which is very critical for your business reputation. Moreover, you also need a stable and high speed internet connection, server maintenance, regular backups, and a lot of technical skills to operate your server machine effectively and with reliability.
Therefore, it is always advisable to invest in the right thing and focus on your core business activity where you are expert at. Hosting companies provides you with all above services with much affordable costs payable monthly, yearly, biennially and triennially.
What Is Web Hosting
Every website needs a home where all its files can live. It enables people to access those files from anywhere in the world. These files live on a computer which is called server that is connected to internet all the time in order for others to access it anytime and anywhere they want.
To make it more simple and understandable a web hosting server is an actual home for your website to live on, and a domain name is the address to your home and it’s as simple as that.
How It Works?
A server (Computer) where you website is hosted has an address which is called IP address and it looks like this “126.96.36.199”. Others can access your website by pointing to this IP address but it is not the case always since we have domain names for this.
To access your website someone has to enter your domain name into the browser and that domain name is translated into an IP address which is the actual address of your web hosting server or computer.