What is a Domain Name?
Computers connected to the Internet have unique numerical addresses
so that electronic information is delivered to the right place. The
domain name system (DNS) translates the numerical addresses of
computers into more user-friendly names. The resulting domain names are
easier to remember and help people to find information on the Internet.
Some examples of domain names:bbc.co.uk
Domain names are used to identify and locate web pages and websites.
For example, in the web site address "http://www.bbc.co.uk" the domain
name is 'bbc.co.uk'.
Domain names are also used in e-mail addresses, for example,
email@example.com, that enable people to send and receive
Why do I need a Domain Name?
You need a domain name in order to host a website or use a
personalised email address, however you do not need to host a website
or use personalised email in order to register a domain name. You can
start with just registering the domain name on it's own, and then add
services like website hosting and/or email at a later date.
Advantages of registering your own domain name:
- Domain names build credibility on the Web
- Domain names are portable
- Domain names produce a feeling of professionalism
- Domain names are memorable
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