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Clarifying Terms

Before we begin, let's take a moment to clarify some terms in order to avoid confusion. By understanding these terms, you will understand the rest of this resource.

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Your website needs to be hosted on a server. This server is where your domain name ( or Internet web address will connect to when someone types it into their internet browser. Domain names are like masks for an ip address. For example, if you signed up for web hosting and your host gave you an ip address of 193.195.506.406. You wouldn't want your audience to type that into their browsers every time that they visit your website. This is why you need to register a domain name to that ip address, such as

Websites use HTML (hypertext markup language) as the standard markup for building web pages. Additionally HTML can be combined with other languages like PHP or JavaScript to build websites. HTML is the preferred standard for the majority of web developers out there because search engines can read HTML very well.

What Is a Domain Name?

A domain name is the part of a network that identifies that it as belonging to a particular domain. Essentially, your domain name is your web address or the address to your website. In the physical world or real world as some may call it, we may have addresses that look like “2737 Domain Road, Calgary, AB T2P2B5”. With the Internet or metaphysical world, your address may look like "" or "".

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As explained earlier, instead of typing "" on your browser's address bar, you will type "". The “.ca” is the domain extension. There are different types of domain extensions. Some of these extensions are .me, .info, .com, .ca, .tv, .asia and many more.

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