Rock Bottom Priced Domains - What is A Domain Name
If you are wondering what the terminology domain name, top level domain, and second level domain mean, keep reading. This article will provide you some explanation about domain name terminology.
What Is A Domain Name?
A domain name is terminology used to provide a meaningful identification label to a physical point on the internet. It usually points to a specific unique IP address. Rather than type the IP address in the browser address line, a system was devised by which a person could instead enter a meaningful name into the browser address. The domain name system was created to organize how these domain names would be structured. A domain name is made of several parts. Most websites begin with www., then the name like rockbottompriceddomains, and then .biz, .com, .info, .net, .org. The combined website address then looks like this: www.rockbottompriceddomains.com.
When you purchase a domain name, you have to decide what name you want it to be. That's the rockbottompriceddomains portion of the domain and then what top level domain you want it to be. That's the .com part of the domain name. Now that you've been introduced to some of the terminology used when talking about domain names, let's look more closely at some other domain name terminology.
Top Level Domain
Top Level Domain (TLD) is terminology referring to the .biz, .com, .info, .mobi, .net, .org, .gov, .edu part of a domain name. Most top level domains have guidelines for their usage but are available to most any registrant anywhere in the world. In our example above we are using the .com top level domain.
Second Level Domain
A second level domain is terminology to refer to the part of the domain name that is defined by you when you register a domain name. In our example above rockbottompriceddomains is a second level domain.
How Do You Choose Domain Name?
There are many ways to pick a domain name. You want to consider what the domain name will be used for. How easy it will be for visitors or customers to remember the domain name. How relevant the domain name is for your particular usage. And how search engine optimized the domain name will be for your site. If you're buying a domain name for a business then its best to search for one with your business name in it, so that existing customers will have an easier time remembering it and finding your website. If you're looking for a domain name for a blog or personal usage, you could consider using your name or the topic of the site in the domain name.
For more information about how to select a domain name, read our article on "How to Choose a Domain Name".
Domain Name Registration Terminology
Domain name registration, transfer, and renewal are other domain related terminology. To register a domain name, you first pick a domain name (second level domain) and enter that into the search box. Then you pick the top level domain (TLD). It's usually recommended to start with .com if you're unsure which TLD to use. Then you submit the search and if it's available you can register the domain. If it's not available, you can try a different top-level domain such as .net, .info, .org, .biz. Or try a variation of your initial domain name.
Once you find one available, you add it to your cart and complete the purchase process. You will be given the option of private registration and additional services you can purchase. Upon completion of the domain purchase, your new domain name will be registered in your name and belong to you. We don't own your domain name. We just register it for you.
Now that you've registered a domain name, you will want a web site or web page for your new domain. We include free with all domain name registrations a starter web page, a for sale page, a parked page, free ad-supported hosting, personalized email account and more. If you have a web site already designed or plan to have one, you will probably want to also purchase hosting which we offer for an affordable price.
Domain Name Renewal Terminology
The terminology domain name renewal is fairly straightforward. Each domain name is registered for a certain number of years usually one or two years. When the registration period ends, you must renew the registration to keep the domain name. The renewal process is as simple as clicking a button to pay for another year of domain name registration.
Domain Name Transfer Terminology
The terminology domain name transfer is a bit more complicated to explain. Say you registered a domain name with registrar x and then later decided to have your website and domain hosted by registrar y, you would have to transfer the domain from registrar x to registrar y. This process takes a couple days to complete and usually involves you having to verify or authorize that you want the domain name transferred.
Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of domain name terminology, and the process of finding and registering a domain name doesn't seem so daunting.
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When you tour the internet, the most common domain name extensions you'll see are .com, .net and .org. Generally, .com domains are used by businesses since they're the most popular and the ones people usually type into their browser by default. Non-profit organizations and associations more commonly choose an .org domain name extension, which may have benefits since some people associate .org extensions with sites that are more trustworthy and reputable. Domains with the .net extension were originally designed to be used by internet companies.
They usually contain the name of the domain followed by a domain name extension such as .com or .net. For example, in the domain address http://www.mydomain.com, the full domain name is mydomain.com, which has the domain name extension .com.
Rock Bottom Priced Domains offers registration for most of the major top level domain names (TLDs) including: .biz, .com, .info, .mobi, .net, .org at a cheap affordable price!