Domain names explained

If you use the inter­net then you should know what domain names are. When­ev­er you vis­it web sites, the domain names appear in the address bar of the brows­er. The word address is very impor­tant, as just like your home address which allows peo­ple to find your house, a web address allows the brows­er to find a web site. The inter­nals of the inter­net, do not actu­al­ly use this address though, it is con­vert­ed to an IP address (Inter­net Pro­to­col), and it is that num­ber in the for­mat of 000.000.000.000 that is the actu­al address.

Domain names often con­tain the words that the site is about. So a site about guinea pig homes, will pos­si­bly be called guineapighomes4u.com. So if you are look­ing to reg­is­ter a domain, then give a clue to what the site is actu­al­ly about in the name. How­ev­er, this is not always the case, but by using a name that does not cor­re­spond with the sites sub­ject you will need to build up a brand. Exam­ples of this kind of thing is Apple and Sam­sung. We only know what they sell as they have built up a well-known brand around those names.

When you look at domain names you will notice that there is always a ‘full stop’ in it, and the part after it is known as the TLD (Top Lev­el Domain). This is where the words ‘dot com’ come from, as the main TLD in the world is .com. These days though there are a lot of TLD’s, such as .us, .ph, .co.uk, and numer­ous oth­ers.

If you wish to pur­chase your own domain, there are many sites on the inter­net that allow you to do this, and most web host­ing com­pa­nies allow you one for free when you pur­chase some web space to host your site.

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