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A domain name is a human readable identification string.

Identification strings, because they must unambiguously refer to exactly one thing, have to be unique. There can be no duplicate IDs. For this reason, ID numbers in computer systems are often very long, randomly generated numbers. But domain names aren’t like that they are human readable, but still unique. A domain name, a series of textual characters that identifies a specific IP address, uniquely identifies a website on the Internet. Domain names locate businesses, organizations, or other entities on the Internet. Domain names are easy to remember, easy to type alternatives to obscure URL’s that you receive with free website hosting services. Using a domain name allows you to receive more visitors, less bounced emails, and the chance to make a lasting impression on the Web.

Not only are they human readable, but they are human meaningful. That is, unlike your phone number which is just a series of numbers, but short enough to be “human readable” on some level a domain name is both readable and meaningful. It doesn’t just identify a domain to other computers, it identifies that domain to us.

A great benefit of using your domain name is that regardless of how many times you change your access provider, your Email and website address will always remain the same.

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