Domain Name Basics

A domain name:

  • Is a name used to identify your presence on the Internet

  • Attaches a name to a person or company’s email or website addresses so the person or company can readily be found

  • May be used for a website, e.g.,, an email, e.g.,, or both

  • Allows the moving of email or website to a different provider without affecting the person or company’s customers

  • Must be hosted somewhere

  • Is not the same thing as having a website

  • Must be unique, not already registered

  • Consists of two parts separated by a period (dot):