A domain name is your website name. A domain name is the 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 number. 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.
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Learning how to choose a domain name for your site can seem intimidating at first. After all, it's a very important decision. However, you'll find that with a little research and the right tools, the process is surprisingly approachable.
To choose a domain name for your website, all you need to do is follow these four steps:
- 1. Choose one or more keywords that represent your site.
- 2. Use a domain name generator to browse your options.
- 3. Select the best domain name based on some simple criteria.
- 4. Register your new domain name.
Domain Name Registration Process
After you have chosen a domain name, you will need to submit your domain name registration request to a registrar.
You will need to submit the following information to the registrar:
- the desired domain name
- The name and contact information (including email address, physical address and contact phone number) for the domain's registrant, administrative and billing contacts.
- the desired domain registration term
- payment information
Once you have provided your registrar with all this information, they will then initiate the domain name registration process for you. The registrar will send your domain name request, and the contact and technical information of the domain name to the registry.
The registry files the contact information for the Whois. The registry also adds your domain zone files to the master servers. These master servers tell other servers on the Internet where your website is stored.
Your domain is considered registered and ready-to-use when all information has been updated.