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What is a domain name?

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04/17/2014

A domain name is the text name that is linked to the numeric IP address of a computer on the Internet. It is what you type in the browser's address bar to go to a specific website. It identifies a particular site. An example of a domain name is Answers.com. A domain name must be unique. Internet users access pages of your website using your web address. The domain name is the heart of that web address.

.com is the most popular domain extension (the 2nd half of a domain name). .net, .org, .info, .us, .biz, .tv, .me, and .co are some of the other TLDs (top-level domains) that can be registered.

A domain name is a name given to a web address. Just as our homes have street addresses, websites have addresses too. They are in the form of numeric digits and are called IP addresses. The domain is an easier to remember name given to whatever IP address, or in some cases, a group of rotating addresses.

If you have a website, others need a way to be able to find it. So the domain is a way to help others find your site. The name generally has something to do with the content, and it is easier to remember and to search than if it was a string of numbers. So you would need to purchase a domain name, and that is not a difficult process if you stick to some basic principles. If you do good research, use good judgment that the domain name will identify with your site, it is very likely that you will have a successful domain.

You would would start by picking the right domain name for your site, but you should choose carefully. You should select a term people will use to search for your site. Your brand name, your personal name, the topic, or the subject matter are obvious choices. If you are selling a product, you need a domain name that reflects well on your company and products.

When you check into buying a domain name, you should find out how much a domain name is going to cost, especially the domain name you already have in mind. You should be able to successfully register your domain name for $10 or less per year. While you can register a domain for as long as you see fit, it is always advisable to make a long term commitment and buy a domain name for at least 5 years.

It is probably best to choose a a domain that consists of letters although you can use numbers and hyphens. Using mixtures of numbers, letters, and hyphens makes your domain to become hard to remember and easier to type in the wrong site. So you could be pointing potential clients to other sites with similar domain names. You would not want your prospective clients to make a typo and end up at a competitor's site. While you are allowed domain name with up to 67 characters, it is best to choose as short of a name as you can. That makes it easier to remember.

Another purpose for buying domain names is for future resale. Regardless of whether you are buying a domain name to use for a business or other site, or if you are trying to make a business buying and selling domain names, most of the same guidelines apply to both. You need to do research before buying any domain name, regardless of the reason. Make sure that the name you choose fits whatever purpose. It is good to know that most companies that sell domain names also provide other services as well, such as web hosting and domain buying. So if you do proper research, you can do most of your shopping in one place.