A domain name is just like a postal address of your business in the virtual space. On the other hand, hosting is similar to the physical location of your business (in this case your website. The same way you need to a business name to physically establish it, the same way you require a domain name to host it.
But how do you go about this process? Here are the steps:
1) Registering a domain name
The process of setting up a website begins with domain registration. This step involves choosing a registrar such as Shopify, Bluehost, and GoDaddy among others and selecting the domain name. For instance, you can decide to register giftedhands.org. The registrar will offer you various options such as giftedhands.com, giftedhands.net among others showing the charges you need to pay to register your domain name with your domain extension of choice.
Alternatively, if you do not have the cash to pay for a domain name, you can check for the third party where you can register domain names for free such as Blogger.com, wordpress.com, and wix.com. However, your site will be a sub domain other than a full domain name. This means instead of your domain name being giftedhands.com, it would be giftedhands.wix.com.
2) Pay/Buying hosting package
After registering a domain name, now you need to pay for hosting package. Most domain registrar couples their service with hosting services. Web hosting is renting a virtual space on a server for uploading your website files. It is advisable to get a hosting service with the same company you purchased your domain name.
Through this, it becomes easier to set up and manage your website. However, if you do not have a budget to pay for hosting services, you can still operate your domain name under the free options such as Blogger and WordPress.com. Once you are ready, you can move your domain to the paid option.
3) Configuring DNS
When you buy a web host package, the next thing you need is to create an account on the web hosting company and transfer your files to their server for your website to be accessible online. DNS configuration involves entering your DNS information on your web registrar’s account to prepare your site for publication on the WWW so that it can be accessible to anyone across the globe.
4) Setting up your site
Once you are through with the domain registration, buying a hosting package and configuring your DNS all you need is uploading the files to your site on the server. Once this task is over, your site will be up and running.