Domain Names 101

Written by Jennifer Chiera

Somehow you've found your way torepparttar internet, and if you're reading this article, then you are one stop closer to registering your first domain name. Whether you're looking to register a name for a personal blog, or for your online business,repparttar 149895 right domain name can meanrepparttar 149896 difference between success and failure.

Once you are familiar withrepparttar 149897 basics, you will feel confident enough to make a sensible decision, and findrepparttar 149898 best domain name solution for your specific needs.

What is a domain name?

The best way to understandrepparttar 149899 concept of a domain name is to think of it as a mask, orrepparttar 149900 alphanumeric equivalent of an ip address. This mask allows you to access web pages onrepparttar 149901 internet in an easy to remember way. For examplerepparttar 149902 domain name for this site is That is a lot easier to remember than something that looks like, which is whatrepparttar 149903 ip address thatrepparttar 149904 domain name is masking. Your domain name will essentially become your online identity, and how your visitors will be able to find your website inrepparttar 149905 endless sea of sites that isrepparttar 149906 web.

Understandingrepparttar 149907 parts

Now that you have a basic understanding of what a domain name is, you are ready to understandrepparttar 149908 individual parts ofrepparttar 149909 domain name. Again we will use for our example. The www stands for “world wide web” which encompasses all things accessible onrepparttar 149910 internet. The second part, which isrepparttar 149911 part where some minor creativity will help, isrepparttar 149912 domain name – in our example, this would be domainbash. This, more often times than not, is alsorepparttar 149913 name of your website, or business. Last, we haverepparttar 149914 TLD – Top Level Domain, orrepparttar 149915 extension. There are various extensions available for your consideration.

TLDs In Depth

TLDs can be further broken down into gTLDs (generic top level domains) and ccTLDs (country code top level domains).

Generic Top Level Domains gTLDs

.aero – airport industry
.biz – business
.com – commercial, unrestricted
.coop – cooperatives
.edu – US education
.gov - US government
.info – informational, unrestricted
.mil – US military
.museum – museums
.name – individuals
.net – networks, unrestricted
.org – organizations, unrestricted

Country Code Top Level Domains ccTLDs

There are over 240 ccTLDs which correspond to country codes. Some ccTLDs offer open registration, while others restrict their usage. Some that offer open registration are .cc – Cocos (Keeling) Islands, .bz – Belize, and .ws – Western Samoa, to name just a few. Seerepparttar 149916 full list here. Using ccTLDs that are available to you in your area is a good way to get a quality domain name that suits your website or business.

Using a ccTLD is no different than usingrepparttar 149917 more popular gTLDs, and you will have a better chance of

Domain Name Registration - Key Tips

Written by Keith Thompson

Domain name registration is a necessary, easy, and strategically important first step in establishing an online presence, whether for business or otherwise. A well-chosen domain name registration can set you up for success with your new site in so many ways,repparttar most prominent of these being increased search engine traffic. Here's some vital elements to consider when executing your domain name registration.

A good domain name registration, particularly for an online business, (which isrepparttar 149629 main focus of this article) is easily done, but atrepparttar 149630 same time requires choices that will impact your site's effectiveness. So here, in no particular order, are some things to bear in mind when doing a domain name registration.

The extension - Will it be a .com, .net, .org, .info etc. Any of these will get spidered and indexed byrepparttar 149631 search engines, but if you can get a .com for your chosen name you'd be better off, as this extension is more common and carries an air of legitimacy with it.

Try not to have you domain name registration with your web host. The reason being that should you decide to part ways with your host, (and this isn't uncommon!) it's potentially a massive headache to move your domain as well. Split them up: you'll be glad you did!

Your domain name registration, purchased from a reputable company should run you somewhere between $1-10, depending onrepparttar 149632 extension andrepparttar 149633 amount of time you sign up for.

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