The short answer:

A domain is your online identity. It is the address where people can find you online. There doesn’t have to be anything on your domain for it to be a domain.

The best analogy I can give is it is an empty lot of land. When someone builds a building on a lot, whether it is a home (personal use) or a commercial building (business use), it becomes a website. So a domain is the lot, and the website is the building that resides on the lot.

The technical answer:

Domain Names were created to be a website’s internet protocol, or IP Address. An IP Address is a series of numbers that show where the computer server is located that is hosting the website that is on it. One of Google’s IP Addresses is:

Imagine typing that in every time you want to search something! Instead, we use domain names to identify websites. So, instead of, we use, which is much easier to remember!