For any first time user, it tends to be often confusing to have an understanding of the terms like- domain names, URL and IP addresses. This confusion is obvious. The topic of this blog is however important as many people still are confused amongst the terms- IP address and Domain Name. It is important for you to understand the differences between if you as a user is looking to either host your website or going for a hosting venture. You need to have a reputed hosting provider for your website and also you need to get in touch with their team, so, it becomes inevitably important for you to have a clear understanding of this difference between- a domain name and an IP address.
Let’s Define Domain Name
A domain name depicts the name of your website. It is the address where the users of the Internet have access to your website. A domain name is used for finding and identifying computer systems over the Internet. A domain name could be a combination of alphabets and numbers and can be used with various commonly used domain name extensions like- .com, .org, etc.
For humans, it is quite easy to remember the domain name rather than the multi-digit IP addresses. You need to register your domain name before you start using it. Every domain name is unique and no two websites can bear the same domain name. Domain names are based on the underlying rules and procedures of a Domain Name System or DNS. Domain names also play a key role in branding your business online as it directly reflects the nature of your business.
You can purchase domain names with several domain name providers, however, today even Web hosting providers also offer you the domain names at a very minimal cost. This helps you in saving your time and effort when you separately go for domain name purchase and web hosting provider.
ICANN or Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is the organization that is responsible for managing the development and architecture of the Internet domain name space. ICANN also provides authorization to domain registrars.
Let’s Define IP Address
A simplified definition of an IP address can be stated as- the address on the network such that the Internet or even the sender knows where to send any stuff such as- emails, documents, photos, etc. If you’re not aware of what is your IP address, then just type out “What is my IP address” on Google and it returns your public IP address. IP address is of great importance for you as a user. Let’s find out why…
An IP address helps your device to connect with another device over the Internet under a protocol named Internet Protocol version 4 or 6. IP addresses act as an identifier for a particular system over the network.
For your understanding, the difference between IPv4 and IPv6 is discussed in the next section of the blog.
So, if you’re looking to host your website or blog, it becomes important for you to select a web hosting provider. The provider offers you a domain name and the domain name extension as per your choice provided it has not been previously taken. Once you’re done with these, your website/blog is now ready to be put on the server, which makes it easier for viewers to easily recognize your business. Any further communication on your website/blog that is hosted on a server is going to take place using the IP address of your hosted machine. Also, all the PDAs that you use for accessing your website/blog has got its own and unique IP address. All these PDAs that you use can’t communicate with themselves until and unless there is no IP address.