What Is Domain?

Domain name is known as a name used in web pages that people normally type into the web browser’s URL bar to visit your site. For example, if your website was a house, your domain name would be the address of your house.

Without domain names, we would be remembering IP addresses such as 1.1.1.1. Thus, to better facilitate us in remembering such IP addresses, domain names were invented. Now, we would like to visit a website on the internet, we do not need to key in strings of number such as 1.1.1.1. Instead, a alphabetical wording would do the job such as www.adssentialmarketing.com. By entering these strings of alphabet in a web browser, it would trigger a request to global network of servers that form Domain Name System (DNS). These servers will look up for name server associated to this domain and forward the request back to our browser. It works similarly like a phone book, name servers are like phone book that stores contact numbers. Thus by searching for a particular person, our phone book will pull out a record and return us a string of numbers.

There are also different extensions of domain names available, such as top level domain names (TLD), country code top level domain names (ccTLC) and sponsored top level domain names (sTLD). These domain names are controlled and manage by a non-profit organization known as internet corporation for assigned names and numbers (ICANN). ICANN gives permission to companies called Domain Name Registrars to sell and manage domain names on our behalf.