The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by Cameron Sep 16 '12 at 09:40
I'm new at this myself- so I'll tell you what I did & maybe that'll help a little. I am in Australia so I utilized VentraIP to purchase my "domain name". This is where you decide what name you want your website to show as/be registered as (cameron.com, let's say). You then "own" that name for however long a period they allow you to purchase. You then need to lease it again after that time period in order to keep that name. It runs around $20 for two years. Once you have your domain name, you go find a host.
The webhost is the place that actually "hosts" or keeps your website data. This is where people will install a Wordpress plug-in or whatever, in order to build their website. Now, I have been told to NOT use the same service company for both domain & hosting- keep them separate.
When you decide & purchase your hosting package, you go back to the control panel of the domain seller & change the name servers so they will point to your new host.
I basically have limited experience in it all- which is why I chose a webhost known for "holding your hand" to get started. Mine is netorigin- & I've been very happy with their response time & answers.
If you'd like to get more info, please sign-up at the Whirlpool forums. It's really an awesome site- with info on so many tech-related things (& others).
Hope this helps?
answered Sep 16 '12 at 03:17
I am pretty sure a hostname is whatever you name your server. i.e "Thunderhawk" or "Rhino"
answered Sep 16 '12 at 09:03