About Domain names
The domain name is the “internet” name of your website, the unique name that will allow people to access your website from anywhere in the world.
To have a website, you need to purchase a domain name.
Once you have a domain name, you then need to match it up to your website by ’pointing’ it at your hosting. This way, when someone types in your domain name on an internet connected computer, anywhere in the world, that unique name identifies the unique computer out there that you have purchased your hosting on.
Often, when you purchase your hosting, you can get a bundled deal where you get your (one) domain name ‘free’ with the hosting package. Sometimes the domain name is free for life (while on that hosting) or just free for the first year.
You can also purchase additional domains and have them “parked” on the same hosting, which means that using either of the domain names will access your website.
Two unique names then identify the same unique computer running your website.
My advice to you, is that you purchase your domain name. This way it is yours, you own it, and you control it, the same as you would treat your company name.
It’s yours, keep control of it!
When you purchase a domain name, it comes with a username and password, to enable you to login to your domain name supplier and change your personal/business contact details, which must be kept up to date, legally!
Generally you receive an email if you’ve purchased the domain name online. Keep this in a safe place. You will need it eventually.
If you purchase your domain name separately to your hosting, then either you or I will need to login to your domain details and change the Name Servers to point to your hostings name servers. Then I make a change in the hostings ‘control panel’ to tell your specific hosting that the domain name is for you.
This needs to be done with additional “parked” domains, even if you purchase the additional domain name through your hosting provider.