Domain Name Tutorial
Our Domain Name Tutorial is designed to give you a basic understanding of a
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
We'll cover the definition, the origins and the history of the
domain name system, and then move to their role in site promotion and finally
the procedures for choosing and the actual process to register your domain.
1. What is a domain name?
A domain name is a name that identifies a web site; Domain Names always have
two or more components, separated by dots. While site names may share a common
component, no two sites on the Internet may have the same primary name and tail
extension. If you prefer techno-babble;
A domain name is the second-level domain, in alpha and or numerical form that
is part of a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) that tells the DNS (Domain Name
System) where to locate documents, organizations or resources on the Internet.
The domain name must be combined with a TLD (top-level-domain) like .com and
must be unique to the TLD. The third level domain (www) is used to identify a
particular host server.
In the early days of the Internet, an IP (Internet Protocol) address (that
number thingy that looks like this; 123.45.678.90) was used to locate documents
on the Internet. Obviously, this was not practical in a universal approach, as
people would have a hard time remembering IP addresses, so in 1984, the DNS
(Domain Name System) was created.
|Domain Name Fact: Although think.com
is listed in many places as the first .com domain name created, it's
actually the third. Symbolics.com was the first. It was created on March
15, 1985. The second was bbn.com created on April 24, 1985 and think.com
was the third, created on May 24, 1985. Are you curious who owns
think.com? Click on the register tab at the top of this page and query
WHOIS to find out.