How I explain what a domain is and what a web host is:

Radio Tower Broadcasts Stations!

Basic explanation of domain names, how domains work, and what web hosts do

Many people ask me questions about a website and don’t know what a domain is.  There’s a very simple analogy that I use that seems to work pretty well.

I explain domains and hosts like this:

A domain is like a radio station, and a host is like a radio tower. You own a station (the domain), then you pay a radio tower (the web host) to broadcast it to the world. Without a host, your website will not be accessible to people trying to tune in to your station’s programming (your website).

While the technical aspects of this analogy are questionable 🙂 , I find that everyone I’ve explained it to understands pretty immediately.

Feel free to use it yourself!

Author: Zack Katz

Zack Katz is the President of Katz Web Services and the developer of WordPress plugins with over 700,000 downloads. He lives in Southwest Colorado with his wife and two cats.

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