A domain name is an address that an internet user has to type in his web browser app to access your website
The domain name task is to find and identify a specific computer over the internet.
Computers use IP addresses, that consist of a long string of numbers, up to 12 digits, that are difficult for us to remember, such as 18.104.22.168, that’s why domain names were developed and utilized to identify different computers over a network and over the internet, rather than just using long IP addresses.
World’s First Domain Name
The first commercial (Dot Com) domain name ever, Symbolics.com , was registered back on 15 March 1985 and is still used today as an online museum.
In 1934, Belgian lawyer and librarian Paul Otlet realized that the wires and radio waves connecting the world could be used for more than just entertainment. He dreamt of a “mechanical, collective brain” and developed ideas whose application we see today in infrastructures such as the semantic Web and browsers. Otlet is regarded as the father of information science and his early thinking about information is seen a pre-cursor to the modern-day computer and its access to the Internet. Otlet died in 1944, poor and disillusioned but his work is now being studied in a whole new light.
CONCEPT OF THE WEB PAUL OTLET, 1934
Characters & Extensions
A Valid domain name can only be any combination of letters, numbers, and hyphens. For example: just-4-you.com
Other characters or symbols such as “_” “?” “!” are not allowed to be used to register a domain.
Each domain can be registered with a different extension, some of the most popular domain extensions are .com .net .org and they are part of the group called top-level domains.
How Does A Domain Function?
A website and its contents are stored on a computer also known as a web-server, or as most of you have already heard of the short term “Hosting”.
In your everyday life, when you want to call or text someone from your mobile device, you have two options, you either enter the phone number, or you find the saved contact name on your device to proceed.
The same concept is used when visiting a website over the Internet. Once we have a domain name and we type it onto our web browser, the web browser retrieves the corresponding IP address and redirects us to the computer/server that hosts the website, and all the data on that webpage becomes visually available for us to navigate.
Each Server may have more than one IP or even host more than one website, but two websites will never share the same domain. Each website has to have its own unique domain name and extension. If you type in hostitute.com it will go directly to your website. And no one else’s website.
Why do you need one?
Not only corporate businesses, organizations, and communities should be the ones who own a domain name, but if you believe you can provide a Service, a product or anything that adds value to this world you should also consider having your own domain name.
Even if you don’t have a website, still registering a domain name will let you benefit from creating your own personal email address. For example: [email protected]
Email communications done with your own domain name will help establish more credibility and will reflect a more professional approach.
When you are just starting up and sending proposal emails to potential clients, it will not be so wise to use a free email account such as Gmail.com.
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How to Find the perfect Domain?
To start using a domain name you have to search for an available domain name and register it.
You can use a Domain Name Suggestion tool which will generate and find available domain names to register your perfect domain name based on your brand name or niche. This tool can make the process very easy.
Enter a word / phrase / business name that you are looking for which is related to what you do in the search box and the tool will take care of the rest, it will generate domain name ideas for your business and instantly check availability.
Price & Validity
The price of traditional top-level domain name extensions (TLDs) such as .com .net and .org can range between $15 to $25 per year. Check the current prices per domain extensions.
During the year there are many promotions offers and discounts on various types of domain name extensions. Where you can get a domain for as low as $1
Once you register a domain it will be valid for one year and you will be notified through email to renew it before the expiry due date.