Meetup: Website Fundamentals: Domains, Hosting & Email

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Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the basics of your presence on the web.

Domains

What is a domain name? Put simply, it’s the text your users put into the web browser’s address bar to go to your website. It’s the street address to your website (and a bunch of other services).

A more detailed explanation: The Internet is a giant network of computers connected to each other through a global network of cables. Each computer on this network can communicate with other computers. To identify them, each computer is assigned an IP address; a series of numbers (and sometimes letters) that identify a particular computer on the internet. Two examples of IP addresses: 92.123.234.122 and 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334

An IP address like this is quite difficult to remember. Imagine if you had to use those to visit websites you frequent all the time… domain names were invented to solve this problem. Now if you want to visit a website, then you don’t need to enter a long string of numbers. Instead, you can visit it by typing an easy to remember domain name in your browser’s address bar.

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