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What roles do domain names and hosting play in building an ecommerce site?

A domain name and a web hosting service both play a different, yet crucial role in the success of any ecommerce website. Before we talk about how you should go about building and setting up your ecommerce website, it’s important to learn more about domain names and web hosting themselves.

Let’s begin by discussing the three important parts that make up a website.

  1. Domain Names
  2. Hosting Servers
  3. Website Files

1. Domain names

Computers use IP addresses to communicate with each other, just like you use phone numbers to call and talk to other people. On the Internet, domain names are quite like the entries in a phone directory. Just like the entries in a phonebook can be used to call relevant people, domain names tell computers where a certain domain is hosted.

Without a domain name, you would need to tell people (and computers) that your website is located at a temporary address such as 101.102.103.104/~yourbusinesssite instead of a permanent domain name that is much easier, such as yoursite.com. This would make your website appear extremely unprofessional and would be impractical.

2. Hosting servers

Web hosting services or a Linux virtual server is a space where you can park your domain. This is the place where all your website’s files will go and when people access your website domain, they will be taken to your website that is being hosted on a particular server.

Without any hosting services, you would have no place to put your website files and your domain would be like an out-of-order phone entry in a phone directory.

Having a reliable hosting service is extremely important to ensure that your website ranks well in search engines. If your pages load slowly despite being optimized, you should probably change your web host as changing the web hosting location directly affects site performance.

3. Website files

The files of your website are the things that your visitors and prospective customers see when they are going through your website. These files consist of all types of documents and media files, including photographs, audio files, HTML files, and more.

The Linux virtual server knows how the files need to be read, and it determines which file it is supposed to send for viewing by the visitor – be it a blog or a post on a discussion forum.

Building an ecommerce website

Before you begin working on the design of your website, you will need to reserve a domain name and choose a web hosting service that will enable your visitors to see it.
Web hosts normally take care of all the technical responsibilities involved in running websites, allowing businesses to focus on doing what they do best: sell products online.

Register a domain name

There are many reasons why you should register a domain name. It is a practice among web developers that they register a domain name for their company’s website well before they even start designing the website. This is because it can be a challenge to get a good website domain, particularly if you are looking for a .com TLD. It may be that your preferred name is already taken by the time you finish developing your website.

Some of the reasons why you should have a domain name are as follows: