What is a domain name?

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What is a domain name?A domain name, simply put, is the name of a website. For this website, the domain name is www.mominla.com.

While this may sound like a simple question, there’s actually much more to a domina name. Domain names are formed using rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS) and were founded to help people like you and I remember a specific space on the internet. That is, a domain name is a reference to a series of numbers called an “IP address” that represents a location of a computer that hosts website content.

The world is full of datacenters called Name Centers loaded with domain names and its associated IP addresses, kind of like a phone book for websites. When you type “www.mominla.com” into your web browser, you’re sending a signal to a name center to translate www.mominla.com into a set of numbers like 174.22.34.234 or 2010:gk8:1f70::779:de8:7648:7w8 which in turn channels you to our web sever that hosts our wonderful content and articles. Wouldn’t it be lame if you had to remember and type in an IP address every time you wanted to visit our website?

For general purpose blogging websites, I suggest choosing a .com, .net, and .org domain name. These are so called General Top Level Domains (gTLD) that are memorable to the public and great for Search Engine Optimization. We’ll get into SEO in future articles.

Registering for a domain name is quite simple and usually takes several minutes to complete. I usually register all my domain names with GoDaddy.com. The annual subscription fee per year per domain name is around $9.99. Godaddy is not the cheapest registrar, but probably the most popular and reliable. It is safe to use other domain registrars out there, just make sure they are accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organization that manages DNS and TLDs.


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