Once you decide to launch a website, one of the first words you will hear is domain. You may first think that it is a complex thing; But this is not the case at all.
You deal with domains almost every day in the world of internet. You just didn’t know it until now. In the following, we will provide you with an accurate definition of domains and tell you all the important features of domains.
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A good definition for domain
You need to have a unique address for others to find your store, company or even your home. Your website or online store should also have an address. A domain is a web address. Yes! The same URLs you enter to open a site on the Internet.
An example for domain
When you want to enter a site directly, you have to enter the domain or URL of that site in the top bar of your browser. In the image below, you can specify exactly the part where the domain is displayed:
A few tips about domains
Now that we know what a domain is, let’s talk a little more about it. In the following, we will tell you the features and important points about domains.
Domains consist of two main parts
The first thing you need to know is that domains consist of two parts:
- Domain Name: This is the name you choose for your site. You have no restrictions on choosing a name. The only thing is that your name must be a combination. Of course, you can separate words with a dash (-).
- Extensions(Suffixes): There are many different extensions for registering a domain on the Internet. Each of these extensions has a special meaning. For example, the suffix com means that your site is commercial. The suffix ca stands for Canadian people or businesses. Other suffixes each have their own meaning.
Each domain is unique and exclusive
Another thing to keep in mind is that domains are proprietary. For example, the same orangency.com address is registered in our name and therefore we are considered its owner. So no one else can register this particular combination in their own name. However, an address like orangency.ca may be available and it may be possible to register.
Domains are purchased annually
Domain purchases are annual. This means that when you register a domain (which is not difficult at all and we will talk about it later), you do so for a certain period of time. This means, for example, that you will have it for a year or a few years, and after this period, if you do not renew it again, others can take over this domain for themselves.
You also need a host to build your site
Note that having a domain alone is not enough for you. Because the domain only specifies your URL. In order to have a site, in addition to the domain, you need a space where your site information like web design files is stored. This space is called host.