A domain is the ``address`` of your website. It's what allows people to find your website on the internet. Think about it the same as the address of your house or phone number for your cell phone.
For your website to be an active part of the Internet world, yes. Your domain name tells the Internet WHERE you are and people WHO you are and/or WHAT you do. Use our 'tips' above to select the right one for you.
Not a problem. 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 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 short list that fits your needs, rank the list in order of preference and then check to see which names are available. Grab the one you like the most.
Type the domain name in our ``Find Your Perfect Domain Name`` section above. It'll tell you immediately if the name is available. It's ok if you're not ready to buy yet. Just make note of what's available for purchase and come back later.
.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.