A domain is the Internet ``address`` of your website. It's how people find you on the internet. Think about it the same as the address of your house or phone number for your phone.
For your website to be an active part of the Internet, yes. Your domain name tells the Internet computers WHERE you are and people WHO and/or WHAT you are. Use our 'tips' above to select the right domain name for you.
Yes! You domain name can be hosted at any registrar (GoDaddy, Network Solutions, etc) and you still can have your website hosted in one of our Hosting Care Plans. Talk to our support team and we'll take care of the details.
You can. Additional domain names can cover misspellings, subdomains, or other special instances. One is always considered the primary domain however. Make sure you get the correct Hosting Care Plan that covers this ability if you need it.
Choosing the right domain name is one part science, one part art and one part luck. Use our Tips above to come up with a list that fits your needs, rank the list in order of preference and then check to see which names are available. Grab the first one available on your list.
Type the domain name in our ``Find Your Perfect Domain Name`` section above. It'll tell you immediately if the name is available. If it is available you may want to grab it now so no one else does.
.com, .net and .org are considered ``top level`` domains because they're most recognizable, memorable and respected domain suffixes. .com was originally reserved for business (commerce) now its ubiquitous. .org is reserved for not-for-profits.
You certainly can use others like .net, .biz, .tv or .info. They're less popular and a little more difficult for customers to remember but they work just as well.
Domain names are snapped up quickly. If you have a clever idea there's a good chance someone else has that idea too! As soon as you know the domain name you want, get it! It's not crucial that you have a website ready yet. If you wait there's a chance somebody else will get it first.