What is the domain?
The domain is your identity on the Internet, i.e., your brand online.
There are never two equal domain names for different companies. The domain name is unique so that clients will remember your company because of that name, using it, from then on, to look for more information about it.
The domain name is normally the company name, followed by .com, .pt, .net, etc… For instance, the Belo Digital website has the following domains: belodigital.pt and belodigital.com.
The .com domain is generic and considered the most popular on the Internet. It started being used for commercial purposes, but is currently used for all types of websites.
The .net domains are also generic and, originally, they were intended for websites connected to computer networks and associated services.
The .org domains appeared as a means to identify entities without commercial purposes, namely the non-profit organizations and projects.
The .biz domains are easily associated to businesses and/or business markets.
Thus, there are different domains targeted at different entities. However, nowadays all of the abovementioned domains can be registered by any person or entity.
The .pt domain is the country code top-level domain for Portugal so it is considered the official domain for the Portuguese. Since not everyone nor every entity can register one, it is considered a credible and secure domain, and is the best one for companies and professionals in Portugal.
There is an official domain for every country, as is the case of .co for Colombia and .es for Spain.
The registration of domains requires an annual renovation fee. If it is not paid, the domain becomes available for another person or company to register.
What is hosting?
Whereas the domain is the address via which the users reach your website, the hosting, as the name itself states, is your website’s “home” on the Internet.
After registering a domain, it is necessary to rent space on a server so that the domain name can be linked to a website.
An analogy can be made between registering a domain and registering a company name in the National Business Register, while hosting is like renting a commercial space to carry out your activity.
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