The term domain name may appear to be a lofty term reserved for computer wizards and those who spend their days and nights in front of their computers. The truth is that a domain name is a simple geek term that refers to a website’s address.
To put it another way, domain names are crucial to websites in the same way that names are to people. Can you imagine being called or addressed by a series of pin numbers rather than their names? Most people already have trouble remembering their names, so imagine how chaotic things would be if they only had numbers instead of names.
This is also true for websites that are addressed by domain names rather than by a series of numbers known as an IP address. IP addresses, like most numbers, are difficult to remember, and they are permanent, which means a new IP address for a new web hosting company.
While an IP address is merely a string of difficult-to-remember numbers, a domain name can be given personality and is easily remembered. Try browsing the internet, and look at the browser bar for the domain name of the site you’re viewing.
The domain extension is the last word or series of letters after the domain name that the website address is registered under. Domain extensions include com, which denotes a commercial domain, org, which denotes a non-profit domain, and even no or fr, which denotes a country domain such as France or Norway. A period, which is read as dot, usually precedes the extension domains.
The complete domain name of a site is made up of the website’s name, which I called the sub domain, and the domain extension. People considering registering a domain name should think carefully about the name because domain names are unique and are what distinguishes a website. Domain names are one-of-a-kind because they are managed by a central database.
Having your own domain name does not come without cost, as registration is accompanied by a fee. You get the exclusive right to use your domain name when you register it, but only for a certain number of years, depending on the policy of the company where you bought it. If you want to keep using the domain name after that period ends, you can renew your contract.
You can use a maximum of 67 characters in your domain name, which can be made up of letters from A to Z, numbers from zero to nine, or a combination of both numbers and letters, as well as the hyphen. Both the subdomain name and the domain name extension are already included in the maximum of 67 characters. So, if you want a memorable website, start thinking about a clever domain name. The key is to make your domain name memorable, easy to remember, and give the user a general idea of what the website is about.
Even if you don’t have a website, you can still register a domain name. The registration of a domain name, on the other hand, does not imply the presence of a website. While some domain registrars also provide web hosting, you can register your domain name with them and then choose from a variety of web hosting providers.
If you want to avoid being charged as a cybersquatter, never try to register a domain name that contains a trademark or name that already belongs to someone else.