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What on Earth is a Domain Name?

What on Earth is a Domain Name?

A lot of people get confused when the subject of websites and domain names comes up. A common belief is that a domain name is irrevocably bound to a website - this is not the case. But let me start with the basics.

According to the Collins English Dictionary, a website is “a group of connected pages on the World Wide Web containing information on a particular subject.” The same source defines a domain name as “a unique name, corresponding to one or more numeric IP addresses, used to identify a particular web page or set of web pages on the internet.”

So, your website is a collection of pages with information - your home page, your “about us” page, your “contact us” page and so on. Your domain name is the address for your website - www.acmecorp.com, for instance. You need both to have a presence on the internet.

How much would your business suffer if your computer died?

Some time ago I got an urgent phone call from the director of a small company: His computer wouldn’t start and could I come and take a look? And could I please hurry, as he had an urgent proposal to submit.

So I jumped in my car and drove over. When I arrived, I switched on the PC - and was greeted by what’s known as the ‘click of death’, which indicates a catastrophic hard disk failure. So catastrophic that the only way to recover any data is by sending it off to a data recovery specialist with a clean room where the hard disk can be taken apart and maybe - maybe - the data on the disk can be recovered.

    

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