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 creator of GravityView and the President of Katz Web Services. He lives in Denver with his wife and cute beast of a cat.

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