Components of a Website

A website is composed of four separate parts. They are frequently sold together as part of a package, but they can also be combined from several providers.

1. Domain
The "domain" is the address that people go to to get to your website. This is also referred to as the "URL" or "web address." For example, Flipcause's website domain is “flipcause.com”. Your domain name is registered through a domain registrar, where you can manage your domain and where it directs people to. Common domain registrars are GoDaddy, Namecheap, 1and1, HostGator, Bluehost.

2. Web Hosting
The content of your website is made up of a bunch of files, and these files are stored, or "hosted," on a remote server in the cloud. "Web hosting" refers to where your website files are physically stored. Just like you have files stored in folders on your computer, your website is a list of files stored in folders on a server somewhere (called a remote server), and by paying for website hosting you are paying for those files to be stored and made available on the internet.

3. Email Hosting
This is the service that handles your emails. In your personal life, you may use Gmail or Hotmail, and they end with @gmail.com or @hotmail.com in those cases. If your organization has emails that end with the organization’s domain name (for example, Flipcause emails end in @flipcause.com), then you also have a private email hosting service (even if you use your personal account to check those emails!). Email settings and routing instructions (such as forwarding) are set up with your email host. Please note that this is different than an email client (e.g. Outlook is an email client while Office365 is an email host).

4. Website Editing Platform (Website Builder, Website Editor, Content Management System (CMS))
This is the program used to edit the website. Most platforms are cloud-based, meaning they are accessed via logging into a website. Examples of cloud-based website builders are Weebly, Squarespace, Wix, Joomla, WordPress. Before cloud-based software became the standard, computer software like Dreamweaver were used, and sometimes still are.


With the WebPack, you are receiving web hosting and website editing platform for free as part of your Flipcause subscription. Your organization will need to continue to maintain the domain registration and email hosting. 

Luckily, the web hosting is typically the most expensive portion. So, when you switch to Flipcause WebPack, you can choose to terminate your existing web hosting and no longer have to continue paying for it.

Sometimes, all four of these components or a combination of them is bundled into a package. In that case, you can check with your provider about changing the package to unsubscribe from the web hosting.


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