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Domain Names

What is a domain name?
A domain name is your website name. A domain name is the address where Internet users can access your website. A domain name is used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of number. However, it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers. Because of this, domain names were developed and used to identify entities on the Internet rather than using IP addresses.

A domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers, and it can be used in combination of the various domain name extensions, such as .com, .net and more.

The domain name must be registered before you can use it. Every domain name is unique. No two websites can have the same domain name. If someone types in www.yourdomain.com, it will go to your website and no one else's.

The price of a domain name typically runs between $20-$50 per year, depending on the domain name extensions.

A domain name is an essential part of having a website, but it's only part of the equation. In order to launch a website, you'll also need content and a hosting service to store your files so they can be accessed on the internet. Remember that owning a domain does not mean hosting is also included.

With Website.com, a professional domain name is included for free with all premium site builder plans. The website builder will allow you to create your website, and includes hosting services so you can publish your website to live when you're ready. With our current promo, you can own a custom domain name and create your entire website at only $3/month for the first year.

Professional emails at your domain name can also help you boost your credibility and build your brand. For example, info@yourdomain.com can make your website seem more trustworthy and legitimate. Email accounts are included with Website.com Elite plans and above, starting at the promo price of just $5/month for the first year.

If you are not ready to build your website yet but would like to register your domain name before someone else, we offer Domain Name Registration option for only $20/year.