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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

In this issue’s Techy Tips column, genealogist and web guru Paul Carter explains in simple terms what a domain name is, and reviews the Family History Musings by Marian blog. Use his top advice to create or improve your own blog

Techy tips for family historians

TECHNICAL ADVICE

‘What exactly is a domain name?’ ‘Does my website need one?’ These have to be two of the questions I am asked most often and it’s certainly a subject which seems to cause some confusion. So, what is a domain name? I like to use an analogy; imagine a world where we were known by our phone numbers and not by name. Would be a little challenging, wouldn’t it? This is because for most of us, numbers are intangible whereas names have meaning. I could certainly recall the names of my 16 great-great grandparents but would struggle to recite their years of birth from memory!

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