Yes, you can buy a domain name without hosting. This means you have an address but can’t really invite anyone to your home.
Let’s first understand what a domain name is and what does hosting mean.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is the URL or address which can be typed in the browser URL bar to reach your website. To simplify, if your website was a house, the domain name would be the address.
What is web hosting?
When a hosting company allots space on their web server to a website to store their files, the process is called web hosting. Through web hosting, the files that make up a website are made available for viewing.
How it works?
Someone who wants to visit your website can type your domain name in the browser of their choice. The moment they do that, a request is sent to Domain Name System or DNS which is essentially a global network of servers. These servers then look for the name servers associated with your domain name and send the request to them.
This is where hosting comes in as the name servers are managed by the web hosting company on their computers. Now the hosting company forwards the request to the computer where your website is stored.
The computer we are talking about here is called a web server and has web server software on it. This web server then fetches the web page and related information. Following which, it sends the data back to the browser.
Now, you can buy a domain name without hosting, of course. But most web hosting companies provide a free domain name and SSL certificate when you buy hosting from them.
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