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  • By: Shelley L. Goodwin & Jeff J. Mason
  • In: Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning
  • Edited by: Anna Distefano, Kjell Erik Rudestam & Robert J. Silverman
  • Subject:Online Learning & Distance Ed

Domain names are tools to help individuals find their way around the Internet. Domain names are mnemonic devices that make it simpler and easier to remember Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Every computer, including personal computers (PCs), has an IP address. An IP address identifies the computer. It can be compared to an address or a telephone number. While utilizing the World Wide Web, a set of numbers identifies the computer from which you are working, but also allows you to contact other computer bases. For example 192.232.125.61 is the IP address for Kodak. Remembering these numbers is difficult, so domain names are used to help access the sites. Instead of remembering and then typing in these numbers, a person can type in the domain name ...

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