The Domain Name Registry
When you receive an incoming call on your cellular phone, if the caller is in your address book his or her name comes up rather than the phone number. Your phone is translating the unique phone number of the caller into it's plain-English equivalent. It's the same thing with domain names on the Internet.
A domain name is what you type into the address bar of your browser (e.g., www.yahoo.com). Each computer on the Internet has its own unique IP (Internet Protocol) address.
You've probably seen an IP address before, it looks something like this
188.8.131.52 (that's MSN's IP address). What happens when you type in something like www.yahoo.com is that it then is translated into the appropriate IP address. This is why each domain name must be unique; there cannot be more than one yahoo.com, otherwise it would be confusing.
All the domain names and their corresponding IP addresses are kept in a central database, which is updated constantly. So if you choose to start your own web page, either for personal or business use, the first thing you'll want to do is see if the domain name you'd like to use is already taken. To do this, you can use
Pangea Webhosting's domain name registration service.
You type in the name you'd like to use. We then check to see if that name is available. If it's available, you can then purchase that name from
Pangea Webhosting. When you purchase a domain name from us, you get a free website and unlimited email accounts included free of charge.