A 'domain name' is the address that people use to access your website, for example:
A domain name should, ideally, be short, memorable, easy to spell and easy to describe to your customers whilst, at the same time, being identifiable as your business or describing, using keywords, what your business is, or does.
For example, an accountancy business might be called J.R.Bloggs & Son. They could choose from jrbloggs.co.uk, jrbloggs-accountants.co.uk or just accountants-scotland.co.uk. Each name has it's benefits.
Once you have registered a domain name you can then add personalised email addresses, such as email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org giving you an address that's professional, easy to remember and that also advertises your domain name.
Any email sent to your personalised address/es can either be redirected, or 'forwarded', to your default email address, for example email@example.com, or you can set up a dedicated POP3 email address and configure your email software, such as Outlook or Windows Mail, to access your email.
We also provide a useful webmail facility allowing you to read and reply to email using any Internet browser - handy for when you're out of the office.
'Hosting' is simply the storage of your web page files, photographs, documents and any other content on your website, on a 'server' or 'web server'. A server, or web server, is simply a computer that is permanently connected to the Internet.