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Domain names and how they work

This tutorial will look at what the concept of domain names and how they work. Every website on the internet can be located by its IP address. The IP address is a unique set of numbers assigned to every computer that has access to the internet. Our hosting servers all have IP addresses which will be included in your welcome email. So, are you going to tell people to look for you on the internet by just entering an IP address and will anyone remember it?

This is where the idea of domain names came about. Instead of having to enter a bunch of numbers we can now assign a name to those numbers. Domain names can contain letters, numbers and hyphens, they can be up to 256 characters in length but many registers limit names to 63 but generally, the shorter the domain name, the better. You can also have more than one domain name pointing at the same website.

A domain name is an easy to remember address that can be translated by domain name servers into server IP addresses. In order for your computer to figure out what IP address to use for a domain name it has to connect with a name server which is also called a DNS server. That server connects with another, which connects with another, and so on until a server is found that knows the correct IP address for the domain name.

When you purchase a domain name you make sure the settings show that all requests for an IP address for that domain name are directed to our hosting name servers. The settings will be in the welcome email you receive when you purchase a hosting account with LampNetworks.

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