A domain name is the text name corresponding
to the numeric IP address of a computer on the Internet.
A domain name must be unique. Internet users access
your website using your domain name. download The process
of copying files, information and images from the Internet
to your computer. Every time a visitor accesses a page
on the Internet, they are downloading the contents of
that page. Domain name can contain
the numbers 0-9, the letters a-z and the hyphen character
("-"). Note however that Domain names
cannot begin or end with a hyphen. You can use UPPERCASE
or lowercase letters when registering a Domain name,
but you may occasionally run into problems if you mix
cASes, depending on the exact configuration of the web
server that will be hosting your website.
The easiest way to make
sure your Domain name will not cause
you any problems later is to register it using all lowercase
A Domain name
can contain up to 67 characters, although some Domain
registrars have still not reconfigured their services
to accommodate these longer Domain names (Domain names
used to be limited to 26 characters until mid-1999).
This 67 character limit
includes the "." (dot) and the top level Domain.
So in the case of a ".com" name, for instance,
you'll be able to specify up to 63 characters yourself.
Some top Domains from specific countries have additional
limitations on length and on the number of characters
in a Domain. Some even specify a minimum length for
a Domain name, such as 3 characters or more.
There are many different
ways to research Domain names and to
find inspiration for new Domain names
to register. The way you research Domain names
will be colored to a large extent by the intended use
for the Domain name i.e. is it being
registered for a new or existing site, for investment
purposes or to "protect" an established brand
are many uses for Domain Names.
can be used to establish a unique identity in cyberspace.
Companies often choose
a domain name that corresponds to their
company name. For instance, Designing Studio's web site
is at designingstudio.com and Yahoo is at yahoo.com.
names are popular
A generic domain name
is one that would not immediately be associated with
a company, but instead is a name that defines an entire
category of business. Some examples of generic names
include movies.com, flowers.com and essay.com. Companies
have gone on to create successful brands based on a
generic domain name, and these names tend to be very
valuable if the word is a common one.
can be resold, leased and bartered
As well as being used
to identify a website, domain names can be resold to
other companies or people, leased or even bartered for
other names or for goods or services. A whole industry
has sprung up around the resale of domain names, with
domain brokers acting as middlemen in the sales process.
The profits from a successful sale can be enormous compared
to the original value of the name, since some domains
have sold for over $1 million - and cost under $100
can be used to give yourself a unique, permanent email
Many companies will
set you up with email forwarding, where messages sent
to @yourdomain.com will be redirected to your existing
mailbox as provided by your ISP. This lets you choose
a truly unique email address and keep the same email
address regardless of which ISP you use to access the
can be used to improve a site's ranking in certain search
Although the rules by
which search engines "rank" sites when returning
search results change often, some search engines have
recently been favoring sites with their own domain names
over sites that do not have a domain name of their own.
Some search engines even give increased relevancy to
domain names that contain "keywords"
that people search for.
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