All computers on a network have an IP Address, but often they are given a descriptive name to make identification easier. The Domain Name System (or DNS) is the naming method used to identify Internet host computers.
For the majority of commercial and home-user needs, domain names are used to note the address of Websites and/or to associate with e-mail addresses. A Website address typically looks like www.companyname.com, and an e-mail address might be firstname.lastname@example.org . The ".com" part is called a Top-Level Domain, and there are currently six types of top level domains:
.com Commercial Enterprises
.gov Government Bodies
.edu Educational Institutions
.mil Military Institutions
.net Computer Networks (and often Internet Service Providers)
.org Organizations (usually non-profit)
Outside the US, the top-level domain of each country is identified by a two-letter code. For example, .jp is the top-level domain for Japan, and .ca is the top-level domain for Canada. Even the United States uses the .us country code for some Websites.
Domain names such as www.flmtgif.org and www.yahoo.com need to be registered with a domain name registrar, your internet provider can easily assist you with this. Please note that if someone else has taken a domain name, that domain will not be available for you to use.
These pages contain answers to common questions handled by our support staff, along with some tips and tricks that we have found useful. If you can not find the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to call or email us. You may find our contact information under the contact us section of this site in the upper right!
Many families enjoy FLMs filtered dial-up Internet Access service and appreciate the increased peace of mind that TGIF (Totally Good Internet Filtered) service offers to parents who desire to protect their families from the dangers that lurk on the Internet. Family Life Ministries is pleased to announce two new services that are being added to TGIF: TGIF Plus and TGIF Broadband.
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