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!