What is a domain name & what can I do with a domain name?
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What is a domain name & what can I do with a domain?

What is a domain name?
A domain name is an address that people use on the internet, whether for websites or for e-mail. It's a string of characters which usually spells out a word, a company name or person's name. You can buy domain names from a domain registrar such as GetDotted.com, and they can be incredibly useful things (see below). There are many different types of domain names available to purchase, so check out our domain name types and rules page for more about this.

These days, buying domain names is almost as common as buying a DVD or computer game. At GetDotted for example, you can pick up your very own .co.uk domain name for a little more than the price of a pint at your local, and believe me, it could become worth a lot more!

So why buy a domain name & what can I do with a domain name?
There are lots of things you can do with a domain name. We've picked out the most popular, and likely reasons for wanting a domain name below. Another frequently asked question is 'what is domain name hosting?' So you might want to take a look at our domain hosting page.

Point your domain to a website

Without a domain name (URL or web address), you'd still be able to access and view websites, but only by typing a series of numbers into your browser's address bar (e.g. http://93.174.140.78/ - go on, try it!). Domain names provide a neat, human-friendly and much more memorable alternative, which is why you'll find it almost impossible to find a website without a domain name 'pointing' to it.

By the way, if you haven't got your own website up and running already, you'll find great ways of getting your own website with your GetDotted.com domain, regardless of your 'skill' level. Find Out More.

Protect Your Identity

One of the greatest reasons to purchase a domain name is to protect your identity. One of the most popular reasons for buying a domain name, is to register yourname.com, or yourcompanyname.co.uk, regardless of whether you intend to use it in the near future or not.

While this a great reason to buy a domain name if you ever want to use it in the future, it also prevents competitors or other people from registering your identity, and trading off your identity (or even something a little more unsavoury).

Go ahead, search for your company or family name using the search box below.

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Set up unique e-mail addresses

You can of course use a domain name for e-mail addresses. There are many free e-mail providers out there (such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail etc) but it's incredibly difficult to find a good address that hasn't already been taken by somebody else.

Instead, you'll be left with something similar to 'dave2k9SUPG@notmail.com', which is neither catchy nor particularly professional if you're running a business. An e-mail address such as your.name@yourcompany.co.uk would be a far more impressive approach for your business e-mail. Freeola allows you to set up unlimited mailboxes at every single domain name, so you can have addresses for everyone in your family or office. Awesome! Find Out More.

A highly profitable investment

Domain names have become increasingly valuable over the years, as the 'better quality' domain names become registered. It's now as rare as golddust to be able to register one word domain names that feature in the dictionary, making them potentially incredibly valuable if you manage to get your hands on a good one.

There are many, many sites offering people the ability to sell their registered domain names. Take a look at the Get Dotted Domains for Sale page for example, where you'll see hundreds of domains listed for sale by Get Dotted customers. As an example of a recently sold domain, viewit.com sold for $40,000, and was probably only registered for a few quid!

There's no limit to the worth of a domain name. Different domain names are worth more to different people (in a similar way to car number plates), regardless of whether they are a dictionary word or popular phrase. As mentioned above, protecting your identity is one of the best reasons for buying a domain name for the reasons stated, but also because a domain name with your name or company name is surely invaluable? A steady increase in popularity of more perculiar domains such as flickr.com and digg.com suggests it's well worth trying some more 'random' ideas! Search for your domain today using the box on the left.

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