Understanding Web Development: Domain Names, Web Hosting, and CMS

In the digital age, having a website is crucial for businesses, organizations, and individuals alike. But what goes into creating a website? In this blog post, we’ll break down three fundamental components of web development: domain names, web hosting, and Content Management Systems (CMS).

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is the address of your website that people type in the browser URL bar to visit your website. In simple terms, if your website was a house, then your domain name would be its address.

A domain name is used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of numbers. However, it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers. Because of this, domain names were developed and used to identify entities on the Internet rather than using IP addresses.

What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting is the place where all the files of your website live. It is like the home of your website where it actually resides.

A good way to think about this is if the domain name was the address of your house, then web hosting is the actual house that address points to. All websites on the internet, need web hosting.

When someone enters your domain name in a browser, the domain name is translated into the IP address of your web hosting company’s computer. This computer contains your website’s files, and it sends those files back to the users’ browsers.

What is a CMS (Content Management System)?

A Content Management System, often abbreviated as CMS, is software that helps users create, manage, and modify content on a website without the need for specialized technical knowledge.

In simpler language, a CMS is a tool that helps you build a website without needing to write all the code from scratch (or even know how to code at all).

A CMS is typically used for enterprise content management (ECM) and web content management (WCM). An ECM facilitates collaboration in the workplace by integrating document management, digital asset management and records retention functionalities, and providing end users with role-based access to the organization’s digital assets. A WCM facilitates collaborative authoring for websites.


Understanding these three components – domain names, web hosting, and CMS – is the first step in your journey to creating a website. Each plays a crucial role in the development and maintenance of your online presence. Stay tuned for more posts where we’ll dive deeper into each of these topics and more!