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DOMAINS, DOMAIN NAMES & IP ADDRESSES

WHAT's THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOMAINS AND WEBSITES?

While domains and websites are closely connected, they are two very different things.

After registering a domain, you need to do something with it, put it to work for you.

Your domain can be used for a website, for an email account, or for both.

You can, however, register a domain and choose NOT to use it for a website or an email account,
BUT you can’t have a website or an email account without a domain.

When used for a website, your domain name is what people type into their browser to find your site - this is why they are sometimes referred to as web addresses.

So for example, if you decided to start your own business and you thought of great name for it, you might copyright the name to protect it. However, simply giving your business a name is only one of many steps that go into building your business. In the same manner, when you register a domain and want to use it for a website, you’ll need to first build the website, and then find a host for it, so it can be visible on the Web.

WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME?

When visitors enter your domain name into a Web browser, the browser request uses your domain name to find the domain name's associated IP address and, therefore, the website. People usedomain names instead of IP addresses because it is easier to remember a name rather than a series of numbers.

So ... Domain names are used to identify one or more IP addresses. For example our Domain Name is www.bluemoosedesignservices.com

WHAT IS AN IP ADDRESS

IP address is short for Internet Protocol (IP) address. In simple terms The format of an IP address is a 32-bit numeric address written as four numbers separated by periods. Each number can be zero to 255. For example, 1.160.10.240 could be an IP address.

Networks using the TCP/IP protocol route messages based on the IP address of the destination. most people find that remembering this series of numbers difficult which is why a Domain Names is used ... the IP addrewss is assigned to the Domain Name through the DNS (Domain Name Server). the Domain server acts similar to a translator in that it translates the IP Address into a user friendly, easy to remember Domain Name.

DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION?

If you spend any time on the Internet sending e-mail or browsing the Web, then you use domain name servers without even realizing it. When you use the Web or send an e-mail message, you use a domain name to do it. For example, the URL "http://www.bluemoosedesignservices.com" contains the domain name bluemoosedesignservices.com. So does the e-mail address bluemoose@bluemoosedesignservices.com.

Human-readable domain names are easy for people to remember, but they don't do machines any good. All of the machines use names calledIP addresses to refer to one another.

Somewhat like international phone numbers, the domain name system helps to give every Internet server a memorable and easy-to-spell address. Every time you use a domain name, you use the Internet's domain name servers (DNS) to translate the human-readable domain name into the machine-readable IP address. In the end, a domain name is intended to be a friendly and memorable "nickname" only. The true technical address of a web host is its Internet Protocol Address, or IP Address.

Domain registration is your first step towards getting online. A domain name is an online Web address. BMDS can search and organize your domain registration. We recommend registration for 5 years (min)

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