What is domain name ?

What is domain name ?

  • Wednesday, 22nd November, 2023
  • 09:33am

A domain, in the context of the internet, refers to a human-readable address used to access websites, email services, or any other resources on the internet. It is a part of the uniform resource locator (URL) and serves as a way to identify and locate resources on the World Wide Web.

A domain consists of two main parts:

  1. Domain Name: This is the human-readable part of the address. For example, in the domain "example.com," "example" is the domain name.

  2. Top-Level Domain (TLD): This is the part that comes after the domain name and typically indicates the type or purpose of the website. Common TLDs include ".com," ".org," ".net," and country-code TLDs like ".us" or ".uk."

In the example "example.com," ".com" is the top-level domain. The combination of the domain name and the top-level domain forms the complete domain. Domains are used to simplify the addressing of resources on the internet and provide a more human-friendly way to access websites or online services.

Domain names are registered through domain registrars, organizations accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) or other national authorities. When you register a domain, you essentially obtain the right to use that specific domain name for a specified period, typically on a yearly basis, renewable as long as you continue to pay the registration fees.

It's important to note that while a domain gives you an address on the internet, hosting is what provides the server space and infrastructure where your website's files and data are stored and processed. In many cases, individuals and organizations register a domain and then choose a hosting service to make their website or online content accessible to users.

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