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Domain vs. Hosting

You need two things to have a successful website and professional email: a domain name and a hosting account.

Domain NameYour domain name is what people type into their browser to find your website, but the website's address is really a unique string of identifying numbers called an IP address that isn't easy for most people to remember. Your domain name functions as a memorable link or shortcut to the IP address, making it easier to get to your website without needing to remember its numeric address.
Hosting ServicesWebsite hosts are companies that house, serve, and maintain files for many websites. A website hosting company is like a shopping center that has space for many individual stores. A hosting account is like leasing a space in that shopping center where you can set up shop. Website hosting companies let you lease space on their web servers where you can store your website files and make them available for your visitors to view. Basically, this enables your website to be up and running and be accessible via the internet.

Without a domain name, your website visitors won't have a memorable way to get to your website. And without a hosting account, there won't be a website to see or go to.

Bluehost offers both hosting and domain names to make it easy to manage your email, website, and domains— all in one place. You can register new domain names and transfer domains you already own right inside your Bluehost account.

  • If you want to see the hosting packages we offer and their differences, please click here.
  • If you want to check if the domain name you have in mind is available and how much it will cost, please click here.

Please note: Once you have registered a domain name, it cannot be canceled for a refund. Domain name registrations are non-refundable.

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You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.