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Explaining Domain, Hosting, and SSL: Building a Website is Like Building a House!

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Have you ever wanted to build your own website but felt overwhelmed by technical jargon? Well, you’re not alone. I went through the same struggle when I kicked off my first freelance project post-diploma. Back then, school didn’t prep me for a lot of what I faced. They had us working in a sandbox environment with ASP.NET, and the web wasn’t the treasure trove of info it is today (No YouTube or Facebook back then!).

My crash course came from digging through online forums, flipping through books, and tapping into the wisdom of folks online. That’s where I laid down the groundwork for my web skills, believe it or not. And now, after nearly two decades, I’m all set to pass on the knowledge! Crazy how time flies, right?

In this blog post, we’ll explain three key elements to getting your website up and running:

  1. domain
  2. hosting
  3. SSL certificate

Think of it like building a house – the domain is your address, the hosting is your land, and SSL is your lock and key. By the end of this post, you should have a good understanding of how to get your website off the ground. Let’s get started!

What is a domain?

To explain this further, imagine you want to build a house, but you need a place to put it. That place is called a domain. It’s a unique name or address where your house will be built, so people can find it when they want to visit.

Just like an address needs to be registered with city hall before you can move into your home, domains need to be registered with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in order to be used on the internet. A domain name usually consists of a website name and a domain extension, such as .com, .org, or .net.

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You will want to choose unique yet relevant domain names for each project/website. This way, potential customers can quickly identify who you are immediately after seeing/hearing about them from other sources. 

Tips include avoiding numbers or hyphens in favor of letters only since those characters tend to make confusing URLs harder to remember. Plus, check availability first using services like WHOIS before registering anything since once taken, a domain cannot be used again! Finally, if needed, there are many great tools available today to help create attractive websites without coding experience such as Wix, WordPress, Squarespace, etc.

Ready to register a domain? We recommend Namecheap. The prices are consistent without high markups. Support replies quickly and domain pointing is easy through their dashboard.

What is hosting?

Now, to actually build the house, you need a piece of land to put it on. That’s where hosting comes in. 

It’s essentially a place where all the files and data (like text, pictures, and videos) for your site are stored so that people can access them when they visit your site through their web browsers. It’s important to have both domain and hosting in order for your site to exist online. Think of it like having both address (domain) and land (hosting) needed in order for you to build an actual house!

Choosing the right hosting provider

Various web hosting plans are available, ranging from shared packages for small businesses to dedicated server solutions for larger organizations with intricate demands. Make certain to select a plan based on the size of your company and your budgetary constraints.

We recommend Cloudways, who’s been our trusted partner since 2017. Their key features are:

  • Easy to manage and quick support
  • Automated daily backup and easy restore
  • Free SSL certificates, some hosting company charges $60+ for each domain per year
  • Scalable, you’re not locked into an annual contract too!
  • Unlimited websites within the storage space limit
  • Affordable add-ons

What is SSL?

Finally, let’s talk about SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate. SSL is like a lock on the door of your house. It makes sure that nobody can come in and steal your things or spy on what you’re doing. It keeps your website safe and secure, so people can trust it and feel comfortable using it.

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These certificates encrypt information transmitted between two systems so that unauthorized third parties cannot intercept or access sensitive data. If you intend to collect customer data, such as credit card information, having an SSL certificate installed on your server is critical. 

It also helps boost SEO rankings by indicating that your site has been vetted by Google as a secure and trustworthy site – this can be achieved by adding an SSL certificate to your site via the HTTPS protocol instead of the HTTP protocol, which most browsers recognize automatically as a secure connection protocol.

In a nutshell

In conclusion, a domain is like the address where your website lives, hosting is like the land where your website is built, and SSL is like a lock that keeps your website safe and secure.

Understanding domain names, hosting packages, and SSL certificates are crucial components of website development. Be sure to compare various options, considering both price points and features offered by each plan available. Once you have selected a plan, acquire both space (hosting) and register a unique Domain Name associated with this space before beginning website creation for business or personal endeavors.

By comprehending each component and its purpose, one can establish a sturdy foundation for their online presence, attract visitors, and create a lasting impact. Now that you have a fundamental understanding of domains, hosting, and SSL, start building your digital home today!

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Seems pretty straightforward, doesn't it? Yet, here's the part that often remains unmentioned.

Getting a website up and running takes an artistic flair and a knack for tech stuff to really shine. As you dive into design, you’ll find yourself pulled into the world of website structure, SEO, writing compelling copy, configuring servers, and so much more.

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Now, if you’re in that situation where time equals money, every hour you put into a website is an hour you’re not raking in the bucks. That’s why many folks end up settling for a basic, uninspiring website that barely manages to catch their target audience’s eye… even when they totally aware how crucial it is.

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Written by Matt Li Haoming, Managing Director

Meet Matt, your friendly neighborhood digital consultant. He has been elbow-deep in the industry for close to 20 years, developing an enviable knack for helping businesses shine bright in the online world.

Matt is all about giving SMEs a leg up, sharing valuable, practical insights, and collaborating to turn vision into digital victory. His approach is driven by his relentless passion for empowering organizations to bloom in the digital landscape. A seasoned pro with a casual vibe, that’s our Matt!

6 thoughts on “Explaining Domain, Hosting, and SSL: Building a Website is Like Building a House!”

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