There are multiple parts to making your website work, and to help you understand, we’ve broken down the basics.
It’s a lot like renting a house.
Domain Name: The Address
It’s pretty simple. Anyone can put the domain into a browser and it will take them to that address.
Host: The Landlord
Your host owns the land that you live on, so if there’s a flood or sinkhole (i.e. server goes down), then it’s his fault and he has to take care of it.
Content Management System (CMS): The Frame
Your CMS is the frame of the house. It literally holds all of your stuff. In this case, it’s all your files (i.e. images, content, etc.).
User Experience (UX): The Functionality
UX ensures that everything works as expected; windows all open the same way, doors are where they’re supposed to be, and the bed is in the bedroom, as that’s where most people use it.
Branding: The Decorating
Now you get to put your style on display. You’re allowed to paint the colors you want, choose what paintings (images) to put on the wall, and so forth.
Browser: The Visitors
Every visitor (browser) interprets your place their own way. They may not like your style (i.e. some functions are lost), but that’s okay, no one likes Internet Explorer anyways.