Domain Names

According to Dictionary.com, a domain name is a name owned by a person or organization and consisting of an alphabetical or alphanumeric sequence followed by a suffix indicating the top-level domain: used as an Internet address to identify the location of particular Web pages: Our domain name is the name of our school followed by .edu. (Definition above in bold is from Dictionary.com)

Domain names are especially important for businesses or organizations. All websites start somewhere, usually with a subdomain of the company that hosts them.

If you create a website with a free website builder, your website would be a subdomain of that company's website. For example, WebAspire's old URL is webaspire.blogspot.com. Since Blogger, or BlogSpot, hosts WebAspire, the site's creator picks the name of the site (webaspire), and the company's domain name (blogspot.com) is the root domain of the site.

You can buy your own domain name from companies like GoDaddy, and then configure your DNS records to point that domain to your website.


If you already have a domain name and the free website, you can follow instructions usually specified by the free website host. It will tell you to create a CNAME record in your DNS settings, the host name being their IP address. Wait a couple minutes, and your site is located under your very own domain name! (Ex. webaspire.theeclub.info instead of webaspire.blogspot.com; theeclub.info is owned by The E Club Family.)

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