Frequently Asked Hosting Questions

What is a domain name?

What is a domain name?
Practically speaking, your web address is the name that represents your Internet identity, your online brand. Your customers will remember this name and use it to find out about your products and services. And since no two parties can ever hold the same web address simultaneously, your Internet identity, is totally unique.

Technically speaking, a domain name represents your Internet address. While computers use Internet Protocol (IP) numbers to locate each other on the Internet, people find them hard to remember. Therefore, web addresses were developed to permit the use of easily remembered words and phrases to identify Internet addresses.

For example, the web address "" represents our Web site Blue Fish Web Hosting. When you type "" in a web browser or send email to me at, the Domain Name System (DNS) translates "" into the IP numbers used by the network and connects you to Blue Fish Web Hosting.

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