Somehow you've found your way to 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, right domain name can mean difference between success and failure.
Once you are familiar with basics, you will feel confident enough to make a sensible decision, and find best domain name solution for your specific needs.
What is a domain name?
The best way to understand concept of a domain name is to think of it as a mask, or alphanumeric equivalent of an ip address. This mask allows you to access web pages on internet in an easy to remember way. For example domain name for this site is www.DomainBash.com. That is a lot easier to remember than something that looks like 220.127.116.11, which is what ip address that domain name is masking. Your domain name will essentially become your online identity, and how your visitors will be able to find your website in endless sea of sites that is web.
Now that you have a basic understanding of what a domain name is, you are ready to understand individual parts of domain name. Again we will use www.domainbash.com for our example. The www stands for “world wide web” which encompasses all things accessible on internet. The second part, which is part where some minor creativity will help, is domain name – in our example, this would be domainbash. This, more often times than not, is also name of your website, or business. Last, we have TLD – Top Level Domain, or 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. See 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 using more popular gTLDs, and you will have a better chance of