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What is a Domain Name?

A domain name, like www.usbeme.com, is a lot like a street address for a house or business. Let’s use the White House as an example. The street address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is an exact location — like an IP address. You might not know the exact street address, but when you visit Washington, D.C., you can tell your cabbie that you want to visit the White House and still get there. This is how a domain name is used: It’s an easy way to reach the exact location of a website without having to remember its numeric address.

A domain name consists of, at least, a top-level and a second-level domain. A top-level domain (TLD) is the part of the domain name located to the right of the dot (“.”). The most common TLDs are .com, .net, and .org.

Many domains, also called extensions, can be registered by anyone, like .com, .net, and .org. A second-level domain (SLD) is the portion of the domain name that is located immediately to the left of the dot and domain name extension. For example, the SLD in usbeme.com is usbeme.

Advanced Domain Name Description: A domain name represents a physical point on the Internet — an IP address. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) governs coordination of the links between IP addresses and domain names across the Internet. With this standardized coordination, you can find websites on the Internet by entering domain names instead of IP addresses into your Web browser.

What is the “www” before my domain name?

The www before your domain name is a subdomain, not part of the domain name itself. Therefore, if you set up your www CNAME record to point to your primary A record, your site will resolve both at www.usbeme.com and usbeme.com.

If you can reach your website by typing in your domain without the www but cannot reach it when you type the www, then your CNAME might be set up incorrectly. Follow the instructions below to ensure your domain name’s settings are correct.

What is a URL?

A URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, is the address of an Internet website or webpage. Think of a URL as a street address for the location of information on the Internet. For instance, a complete URL like http://usbeme.com/music, points you to the music page of the usbeme.com website.

Take a look at the anatomy of this URL to better understand how they direct online users to specific information: http://usbeme.com/funky/music.html

http:// = protocol
usbeme = domain name
.com =TLD
/funky/music.html = path
/funky/ = directory
/music.html = file name

Why should I register more than one domain name?

If you’re thinking about registering more than one domain name, you’ve got the right idea. Registering and using multiple domains names is great for building your business, protecting your brand name, and creating a dynamic online identity.

When you register multiple domain names, you can:  1.  Keep your competition from registering a similar domain name drawing customers to them instead of you.  2.  Promote the different products and services you offer.  3.  Drive more traffic to your website.  4.  Enjoy more opportunities to market to — and be listed in — search engines.  5.  Create distinct advertising strategies reaching different target markets.  6.  Provide customers more ways to find you when searching the Internet.  7.  Capture common misspellings of your domain name, instead of sending visitors to an error page.  8.  Protect your brand and online identity.

How does web hosting work?

Once you purchase a Web hosting plan, USBEME stores your site on one of our servers and assigns it a unique DNS. The DNS serves as the address that allows people around the world to find and view your website. This unique address is required in order for people to view your site.

What kind of hosting do I need?

We offer both Windows and Linux hosting. Which one you need depends on what you want to do with your site, like whether you want to create a shopping cart, blog or podcast with a specific Web application. If you’re not sure if you need Windows or Linux, you can always call USBEME hosting support team. We’re here to help 24/7.

If I already have a website, can i transfer it to USBEME web hosting?

Moving your website to USBEME is a simple process. If you have access to your existing website files, you can upload them through our Hosting Control Center or via an FTP client. If you don’t have a current copy of your website, you should be able to request one from your current website hosting provider.

If you have any questions along the way, our 24/7 support team is here to assist you. We can help you determine the best method for transitioning your website to a USBEME account.

If I already have a website, can i transfer it to USBEME web hosting?

Moving your website to USBEME is a simple process. If you have access to your existing website files, you can upload them through our Hosting Control Center or via an FTP client. If you don’t have a current copy of your website, you should be able to request one from your current website hosting provider.

If you have any questions along the way, our 24/7 support team is here to assist you. We can help you determine the best method for transitioning your website to a USBEME account.

Can I host multiple domain names with my hosting account?

Our Deluxe and Ultimate plans can host multiple websites. You can also use these plans to set up various names (aliases) for your site and direct visitors to specific pages.

With the USBEME Hosting Control Center, you can also change the primary domain on your account, remove domains or move them from your account to another.

What can I use to build my website?

You can build your website in several different ways – from hand-coding with HTML to using a website builder program.

If you require a lot of functionality and versatility from your website, you’ll benefit from programs and applications that can help you build your site. Our Web hosting plans give you access to free, server-side applications that can be used to develop and customize your website, including popular Content Management System (CMS) applications like WordPress® and Joomla!®.

We try to make building your website as simple as possible. If you prefer to use popular Web design software such as Adobe Dreamweaver®, Microsoft Expression®, and Apple iWeb, you can easily upload your files to your USBEME hosting account.