Domain Names

Domain Names in Everyday Life

When it comes to domain names, the name you choose can mean a whole lot! In today's busy world of the world wide web, most people know that when they turn on their computer and want to go to a particular website, they need to enter the website's address. "Web address" in fact is a very common term. But what about "domain name"? Many people do not realize that these two terms mean the same thing.

To put it in a language everyone understands, a "domain name" is a phone number for reaching a computer. A domain name system (DNS) does just what it sounds like: it's a system for identifying and organizing domain names. Every web address has what is known as an internet protocol address (better known as an IP address) which is a list of numbers even longer than a phone number. Domain names are just an easier way to remember IP addresses. It's much easier to remember something like www.myownwebsite.com instead of a string of numbers and dots.

Domain names aren't just important to help us remember how to reach our favorite website, they serve as an organizing tool for the incredible amount of information that is out there on the internet.

The ".com" or ".net" part of domain names, called the "top level domain," categorizes different types of websites. There are top level domains specific to countries (like ".ca" for Canada), nonprofit organizations (.org) and educational institutions (.edu), for example, that help tell you at a glance what kind of website you're surfing to.

If you're considering entering the world of having your own successful business, it's very important to have a website. A website is essential to successfully conducting e-commerce, and to providing information about your business to the public. It's also an easy way to establish your brand, communicate who you are and what your business stands for.

A good domain name for your website goes hand in hand with its content. Domain names can be great advertising in and of itself, by just being simple and easy to remember, and can do a lot for driving traffic to your website all on its own.

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