Domain Name Registration Service
Today's Internet has grown from humble beginnings. The forbear to the modern Internet is the ARPANET, which stands for Advanced Research Project Agency Network. The first ARPANET link was established in late 1969 between computers at four different colleges in the Western United States. During the early days of the Internet, the only way to connect to another computer was to input the IP (Internet Protocol) address for that computer. An IP address would look something like this: 192.168.1.100.
Eventually, domain names replaced the cumbersome IP addresses (although if you know the IP address for the website you're looking for, you can always type that in instead). In 1983, the University of Wisconsin created the Domain Name System (DNS), which maps the text names of websites (e.g., www.yahoo.com) to their corresponding IP addresses. In other words, it is the DNS that allows you to type in a plain-English name rather than a difficult-to-remember cluster of numbers.
One of the first things you'll want to do when you're starting your own website is to register the domain name you wish to use.
Pangea Webhosting (formerly MSN.Net Hosting) has a domain registration service that both checks the availability of the name you'd like to use (since there can be no duplicates) and allows you to purchase this domain name. For less than $30, you can purchase this name.
When you use Pangea Webhosting (formerly MSN.Net Hosting) to register your domain name, you get a free website and unlimited email accounts. You may also upgrade to a hosting account, which includes a free domain name registration. With each website hosting package you'll also receive a free professional website design.