Domain name, web host and a page builder. What’s the difference?
For anyone new to creating their own website, knowing the difference between a domain name, web host and a page builder is a question that I receive many times. I am going to help you better understand the difference between these and suggested places you can go to get started with each.
There are great differences between a domain name, web host and a page builder so let’s start with the Domain Name.
Domain Name – This is the name that you will want people to visit when navigating to your website. For example, our domain name ishen I ask people to visit our website, this is the name (or domain name) that we provide.
There are a variety of places called Registrars where you can get a domain name from. Domain names also come at various prices. You can get them as low as $0.48 and range up to thousands of dollars depending on your naming needs. I suggest when your searching for a domain name, you stick to a few basics:
- Use a domain name that has your niche in it. For example, if you have a business in German Shepards, select a domain name like germanshepardsrock.com. This will help (slightly, but will help) with search engine ranking.
- Do not use hyphens or numbers in a domain name
- Hard to spell domain names
- Domain names that are really long (like ilovetogotofunplacesinthewinternearanywhereiwanttogo.com). It makes it a lot to type for the reader and can put the reader off to find a competitor with a shorter name
- Speaking of a competitor, a good point is to not select a domain name that has a similar name as a competitor or another business
These are the top things to think through when selecting a domain name. Now, if you want to see what domain name you can get, try it out below. I suggest that you highly look at . They have domains that start at $0.48 (Premium domains are going to cost much more, but are not needed for most start ups or small businesses).
Web Hosting – A web host is a business that provides the technology and service needed for your website to be viewed on the Internet.
There are a ton of different web hosts to choose from. However, I suggest you choose a webs host that meets your needs and always check reviews. Just because a web host is cheap or free does not mean there are not hidden costs or they just plain out don’t suck! Trust me! When I was first starting out, I had a web host that was constantly offline and that I could never get a hold of when there were issues. Not all web hosts are created equal!
A few of the larger more popular web hosts are:
- (which is GREAT for WordPress sites)
Look through these hosts and see what they offer.
Pro tip: Just because they have a great price for hosting does not mean that is what you will pay after the promotion. It is not always super quick and simple to transfer a website from one host to another and can require downtime if transferring. Make sure the overall bill fits the budget year after year!
Please also note that when purchasing a web host, many hosts provide a free domain name which can help prevent having multiple vendors to keep track of. However, it may help save a few bucks if you go through an actual registrar likeThis is because you will save on the renewal cost each year using an actual registrar. Web hosts are not all registrars and upcharge so they can make a profit from the domain name as well as hosting.
Page Builders – Page Builders are plugins that you can add to a CMS platform like WordPress. this plugin then allows you to drag and drop things that you want on your website/web page to that page. Page builders allow this all to be done without the need to know how to code anything. These are great for people who want simple pieces placed on their pages. However, if you want an area to perform a special task, these page builders can only go so far and coding will need to be implemented.
A few popular page builders for WordPress are:
- (my personal favorite as they are constantly adding new features and have a huge following)
- (pronounced “Breezy.” Brizy is a new page builder, but have displayed some great features and one that I am keeping an eye on.)
There are a number of other page builders that you can choose from. These are just a few that I know of and either use or have used. Simply install one and start testing to see if it fits your need. If not, move onto the next one.
I hope I have been able to help you see the differences between a domain name, web host and a page builder and I hope I was able to clear things up! If you have any questions, please comment or contact us so we can further assist and if you want to just skip all this and have us help, we are providing a FREE WEBSITE for those that will cover our Hosting and Maintenance plan. Contact us to find out more!