You’ve probably heard the term “domain name” before. As a beginner, you may not know what it is or how important it can be. In this article, you will learn what a domain is and why it’s important.
A domain name is your website address, also called your URL. For this site, our domain name is webmasternotebook.com. It is the address people type into their web browser to get them to our website.
Domain names consist of a name and an extension. The extension, also known as a TLD (top level domain), is the part that comes after your domain name. Popular domain extensions are .com, .net, and .org.
While most domain extensions are available to anyone in the general public, there are a few that you may have visited which are only available to specific groups. The .edu extension is only available to educational institutions that fit specific criteria. The .gov extension is reserved for the United States government, while .mil is reserved for use by the United States military.
Domain names can include letters, numbers, and hyphens. It can be up to 63 characters long. To get a domain name, you simply sign up with a domain registrar like Godaddy, Namecheap or Name.com. Many website hosting providers will offer domain registration to their customers as well.
When registering a domain name, you pay for the length of time you wish to register for. The shortest length of time you can register your domain for is 1 year, and when the time comes for your registration to be renewed, you can choose to register again or let the domain go, making it available for anyone in the public to purchase and own.
To start searching for your domain name, we recommend using Namecheap or Name.com. They both offer great prices on domains, use easy to understand interfaces, and typically run promotions to new signups.