FAQ: Domains vs. Websites
Domains vs. Websites
Q: Domains vs. Websites
What's the difference between a website and a domain?
Many people confuse domains (domain names) with websites. Although related, these are 2 different things.
For our purposes, domain names are just that - names. They may or may not point to/pull up a website. Each domain can only pull up one website. On the other hand, an unlimited of domains can all pull up the same site.
Some people buy (register) multiple domains just to hold onto that name so that no one else can use it, or for their own future use. Others, such as our own Padgett McFeely, use variations of a domain and have them all work with just one website. If someone spells Padgett's name wrong when typing it in the address bar, they still land on her site. Check it out:
A website (or simply a 'site') however, is a location connected to the internet via the web (world wide web) consisting of pages or 'web pages.'
TRICKY TERMS DEFINED
You can also see our Blog article here:
- and look below 'Domain Terminology'
Our Editor/Developer Carrie Turner puts it this way:
'A DOMAIN is like a phone number.
A WEBSITE is like your house.
A DOMAIN REGISTRAR is like the phone company.
DNS is like the phone company's exchange settings
Here's the analogy:
You can point your PHONE NUMBER to your HOUSE by having the PHONE COMPANY change the EXCHANGE settings for YOUR PHONE NUMBER.
You can point your DOMAIN to your WEBSITE by having your DOMAIN REGISTRAR change the DNS settings for your DOMAIN.'
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