It’s time to say goodbye to 2017, and as the year comes to an end, your annual web hosting bill is due. This allows your website to remain online for another year.

Around this time of year, one of the most common statements we hear is: “what do you mean my web hosting is due? I just renewed my domain name a few months ago and it only cost my $10. Why am I paying for that again and why is it so much more?”

So, to help remove some of the confusion – and please don’t think you’re being singled out as there are many people struggling with this – I’ve decided to explain the difference between web hosting and domain name renewal.

The domain name is like the P.O. box number: you are the sole owner of that domain name (or web address) and there is no other person, or website, that can have that name. Having a domain name does not mean you can have your website online and ready for the world to see. You need a reliable web server with the proper configuration to host your site. In other words, you can’t have a P.O. box number without the physical P.O. box to receive your mail.

Your web hosting is often referred to as the web server. Web hosting providers will rent out network connections or web servers, much like the Post Office rents out the P.O. Boxes. Think of the web host as the “doctor” of your website. Web hosting providers, in most cases, will handle any maintenance work, including backup and disaster recoveries.

At Smashing Pixels, we do our own hosting. When you hosting with us that means you can call us directly and if any issues come up, we deal with it and help you through it. We are just one of many hosts and hosting companies available to you. When choosing a hosting company, it is best to make sure it is one that can solve any issues you may encounter and is available when you need them. Also try to find a host that is in the same time zone as you, that way if your issue happens between regular business hours, they are more likely to be around to help you.

If you have any questions about hosting give us a call at 226-250-0112 and we’ll be happy to help!