General: Domain Names Explained
Domain Names FAQ
Why Do Domain Names Exist
Websites are stored on individual computers called 'servers'. These servers are assigned a unique numerical address (IP address) used to identify itself on the internet. Because IP addresses are difficult to memorize, a 'domain name' can be registered and then assigned to a certain address. When you want to visit a certain website, all you have to remember is its domain name instead of its IP address.
It works kind of like your contact list on your personal phone. Rather than having to memorize which person is associated with each phone number, you assign a person's name to that phone number. When you want to call someone, all you have to remember is their name and you can contact them.
How Can Having A Domain Name Benefit My Business
- Allows you to have email addresses associated with your business (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Helps to brand and identify your business on the internet.
- Makes your business seem more authentic and professional.
Are There Different Types Of Domains
See our Domain Registration: Top Level Domains (TLDs) article.
Do I Need To Register More Than One Domain
One domain is usually enough to help people find you online. However, you can also choose to register multiple domains as a means to protect your name and brand. For example, let's say you registered 'example.com', but other companies could easily be related to 'example.net' or 'example.org'.
Does It Matter Where I Register My Domain
You are welcome to register and manage your domain through whichever company you choose. However, keep in mind that it is generally easiest to register and manage your domain through the same company that hosts your website.