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What Is A Domain Name, Domain Name Extensions, Website IP Address Explained
What Is A Domain Name In Simple Terms?
A domain name is a name you purchase to indentify a website. Please note a blog is just another type of website. Every website on the Internet must have a domain name. The reason is because every domain name has unique IP address which allows it to be retrieved to be displayed on a user’s browser on the Internet.
Domain Name And Website IP Address Explained
A website’s IP address works similar to a telephone number. It is typically a numeric number that looks like this 126.96.36.199. A domain name is the alpha-numeric identification label assigned to an IP address of a website. Although a website can have an IP address 188.8.131.52, it can translate to a domain name MyWebsite.com. Domain name is designed to make a website IP address meaningful and easy-to-remember. Wouldn’t you agree, that it is much easier to remember MyWebsite.com versus 184.108.40.206?
Domain Name Extensions / Domain Name Suffix
Every domain name has a suffix or extension that indicates which top level domain (TLD) it belongs to. For example, in the domain name MyWebsite.com the extension is .com (pronounced dot com). Here are the common ones:
com - Commercial business
net - Network organizations
org - Organizations (nonprofit)
info – Information website
biz – Business (was created because .com are running out)
gov - Government agencies
edu - Educational institutions
mil - Military
ca - Canada
If you see a domain address that doesn't end in the first six listed above, it is likely a domain name assigned to another country. It typically means that the origin of the business is in another country, as per the seventh listed above, which represents the country Canada. Most countries’ registrar will only allow buyers from that country to purchase a domain name from their country. This is typically confirmed by the credit card billing address when the domain is being purchased.
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