What is a Domain Name?
Domain Names are basically an easier way for you to remember the addresses of a specific computer that is carrying your website. So instead of using an IP address to remember the location of your website, they created a way to attached each IP address with a name such as http://www.kitakits.com for example of http://www.bryanagoncillo.com instead of it’s IP addresses. (example : 192.168.0.1)
According to Wikipedia it’s main purpose is as follows :
Domain names serve to identify Internet resources, such as computers, networks, and services, with a text-based label that is easier to memorize than the numerical addresses used in the Internet protocols. A domain name may represent entire collections of such resources or individual instances. Individual Internet host computers use domain names as host identifiers, also called host names. The term host name is also used for the leaf labels in the domain name system, usually without further subordinate domain name space. Host names appear as a component in Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) for Internet resources such as web sites (e.g., en.Wikipedia.org).
Domain names are also used as simple identification labels to indicate ownership or control of a resource. Such examples are the realm identifiers used in the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), the Domain Keys used to verify DNS domains in e-mail systems, and in many other Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs).
An important function of domain names is to provide easily recognizable and memorable names to numerically addressed Internet resources. This abstraction allows any resource to be moved to a different physical location in the address topology of the network, globally or locally in an intranet. Such a move usually requires changing the IP address of a resource and the corresponding translation of this IP address to and from its domain name.
Domain names are used to establish a unique identity. Organizations can choose a domain name that corresponds to their name, helping Internet users to reach them easily.
A generic domain is a name that defines a general category, rather than a specific or personal instance, for example, the name of an industry, rather than a company name. Some examples of generic names are books.com, music.com, and travel.info. Companies have created brands based on generic names, and such generic domain names may be valuable.
Domain names are often simply referred to as domains and domain name registrants are frequently referred to as domain owners, although domain name registration with a registrar does not confer any legal ownership of the domain name, only an exclusive right of use for a particular duration of time. The use of domain names in commerce may subject them to trademark law.
What is a Domain Name?
What are Top Level Domains (TLD) and Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLD)?
A top level domain is a part of the domain name located to the right of the dot.
These are example of a DOT.com Domain name. The most common TLDs are .com, .net, .org and so on. These common TLDs all have certain guidelines, but are generally available to any registrants anywhere in the world.
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There are also restricted types of top-level domains such as .aero, .biz, .mil which requires that you the representative should be a type of entity, or belong to a certain community. For example the.name TLD is reserved for individuals, and .edu is reserves for educational entities.