A Beginner's Guide To Domain Name



Domain or domain names are often used interchangeably. For a beginner, to understand what a domain is and how it works, then you should read on. A Domain name is a web address and not a website. A domain name is that web address internet people use to access a website. Therefore, without a domain name whether a custom domain or subdomain, a website won't exist.

For instance, domaindome.org is a domain name which is the web address of this blog. Without the domain name, DomainDome won't be live on the internet. Therefore, the first step in setting up a web page is to get a domain name.


How To Get A Domain Name

To get a domain name, you must register it with a domain name registrar. Domain registrar is an accredited company that sells domain names to the public. There are many domain names registrars in the world with the mandate to sell top-level domain names (TLDs) like .com, .net, and .org or country-code top-level domain names (ccTLDs) such as .ng, .uk, and .us. Registering a domain name means you are buying the domain name. Domain names registration is yearly and must be renewed annually if one wants to continue using it.

Just like phone numbers in which only one person is entitled to a set of digits, you can't have the same domain name with someone else. What this means is, for instance, no one else can have domaindome.org since it has been registered. Nevertheless, there can be domaindome.com.ng but the dot org will never be available to anyone else. 

If a domain name has been registered, does it mean a website can now be found on the internet? The answer is no. In setting up your website, you will need a host. A subsequent post will discuss what a domain and web host is. 

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