FAQ #2 - Why do I need a host?

Another week has gone by here at Avallo really quickly, and we've been loading a lot of sites live, which has prompted the next question in my series of Frequently Asked Questions:

Why do I need a host?

This question usually comes about when people have already purchased their domain. The best way I can answer this question is by offering you an analogy.

The hosting is the land on which you build a house, and the domain is the address of your house. You need both the land and the address to be able to have people visit your house. Without the address, people wouldn't be able to find you. Without the land, the address would lead nowhere.

Likewise, a domain name is how people find you on the web, and your hosting is where your website resides. Without a host, your domain name would have nowhere to go.

Hosting packages are simply space on a sever to put your website files. Hosting also handles e-mails, databases, and anything else that helps your website run. Your domain then points to this server, which allows your customers to view your website.

Here's wishing everyone a great weekend. Remember to send in your questions, and if your question is featured on our blog, I will send you an Avallo t-shirt. See you next week!