What is a domain name?
A domain name is your unique address on the internet, it is what allows people to find your site. It consists of a set of words, signs, or numbers and ends with a top level domain after the last dot, i.e. yourname.com. In the US, the most popular top level domains are usually .com, .net, or .org. In order to ensure that no-one else claims your domain name, you must register it. National authorities like ICANN will hold a domain name for the owner. The registration of a domain is temporary and is usually renewed each year (depending on the top level domain). A good web provider will take care of everything for you. 1&1 offers you an easy way to do a domain name search and fully supports all of your efforts in the registration of [[PU.WH.US:domain-names|your favorite domain name]].