A domain name is like the online equivalent of a physical address. Just as a street address leads you to a specific building, a domain name is the signpost that guides users to your website.
Behind the scenes, the internet relies on IP addresses – a combination of numbers. Think of them as the internet's version of 'phone numbers'. These IP addresses are not the most user-friendly, as they are difficult to memorise. This is where domain names come into play.
Domain names step in as interpreters, converting the IP addresses into names that people can easily remember. When you enter a domain name like 'www.hostingireland.ie’ into your browser, a system, known as the Domain Name System (DNS), swings into action.