There are two features you require so as to start an online portal. The first one is a domain name that will show your web portal when you type it in a web browser, and the other one is a website hosting plan, which is essentially the data storage space on a server where the website files will be located, plus a few more features that come with it. The domain name and the web hosting account are 2 related, yet different services, and you need both of them so as to have a working website. As the domain is just a hostname and nothing more than that, you require a web hosting package where you have to include it. Thus, when you type it in a browser, it will show the web site files that you host in the account, in other words it will show your site. You can have a domain registered with a specific provider and obtain the hosting service from another, although a lot of web hosts provide both solutions and it is more time-saving to manage everything from one website hosting Control Panel tool.