What is a domain name?
A domain name is your website name. A domain name is an address where Internet users can access your website. A domain name is used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of numbers. However, it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers. Because of this, domain names were developed and used to identify entities on the Internet rather than using IP addresses.
A domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers, and it can be used in combination of the various domain name extensions, such as .com, .net and more.
The domain name must be registered before you can use it. Every domain name is unique. No two websites can have the same domain name. If someone types in www.yourdomain.com, it will go to your website and no one else’s.
The price for a domain name registration varies greatly on its extension. For example, the most common .com is the most affordable one, while some country-specific domain name extensions are 5 times more expensive.
Why Do You Need A Domain Name?
On the Internet, your domain name is your unique identity. Any individual, business or organization planning to have an Internet presence should invest in a domain name.
Having your own domain name, website and email addresses will give you and your business a more professional look. Another reason for a business to register a domain name is to protect copyrights and trademarks, build creditability, increase brand awareness, and search engine positioning of your business on the Internet.
The initials stand for “Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers”. The purpose of ICANN is to oversee the IP numbering assignment, the domain name system, and to address the issue of domain name ownership resolution for gTLDs.
WHOIS is an Internet database that contains information on domain names, including the name servers associated with the domain name, the domain registrar, registrant, and the domain’s Administrative and Technical contacts. By performing a WHOIS search, you can find out when and by whom a domain was registered, their contact information, where the website is hosted, when the domain expires, and more.
The WHOIS is also a tool that searches the domain name information contained in WHOIS databases. It is generally used to check the availability or ownership of a domain name.