Domain Registration for Your Website - Vivid WP Designs - Modesto CA

Domain Registration for Your Website

Today we want to talk to you about a common question we get from clients. “What is the difference between domain registration, web hosting, and email servers?” Whether from a newly starting out business or an established one looking to make website changes, the question of the difference between these three components seems to come up quite often.

A domain registrar is a company in which you purchase your domain name. This is your unique and easy to remember URL. Your domain registrar company holds your DNS Records, which is a set of database records. These database records tell your domain where you want to host your email and where you want to host your website.

A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a company that provides the services needed for your website to be viewed in any internet browser. Your website is stored by this hosting provider on special computers called servers.

Lastly, a mail server (or email server) is the system that sends and receives your email. Mail servers send and receive email using standard email protocols, such as SMTP (outgoing emails) and IMAP/POP3 protocols (incoming emails).

It is not necessary to have all three of these services in one area. In fact, many businesses end up with a mix-and-match of service providers due to personal preferences, special needs, or other offered added value services. For example, we bought our domain from GoDaddy, host our website with WP Engine, and run our email through Google Gmail. At the end of the day, it is important to remember where you sourced everything to begin with and store all necessary credentials.

At Vivid WP Designs, we specialize in WordPress Hosting and Maintenance. We use one of the world’s best WordPress hosting providers, WP Engine to give you the peace of mind that your website is running and secure 24/7. If you would like more information on domain registration or any type of hosting, please contact us by clicking here.