What Is A Domain Name – A Simple Explanation

A domain name is the address that people use to access a website. It’s the bit that starts with www

For example, www.yoursimplesite.co.uk is our domain name.

There are other names that people give a domain name like; website address and URL.

Every website needs a domain name. It’s the address that people use to access a website using their browser. (Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer are all examples of browsers).

You enter the domain name and it tells your browser where to look to access that website. You can think of it like a telephone number. You enter the number into your phone and it knows which phone to ring at the other end. The domain name knows which website to access and display on your computer or mobile device.

There are 2 parts to every domain name; the name and the Top Level Domain (or TLD). Here’s an example showing each of the parts.

Part 1: The Name

The name is the first part you choose. Usually you’d use your business name because it’s memorable and extremely relevant to your business.

Our business is called YourSimpleSite, so our domain name is www.YourSimpleSite.co.uk.

However, as more and more domain names are registered it’s getting more difficult to find a good one that’s available for you to use.

Check out our other blogpost: How to choose the best domain name for your website

It will give you loads of tips and tricks for choosing the right domain name, how to check to see if your desired domain name is available and what to do if it isn’t available.

It also tells you more about TLDs..

Part 2: The TLD

Examples of TLDs are .com, .co.uk and .net. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of TLDs to choose from.

You can broadly group them into different types. For example (and there are so many more):

Generic TLD (gTLD)

  • .com
  • .net
  • .info
  • .org

Country Code TLD (ccTLD)

  • .uk – For the UK
  • .ie – For Ireland
  • .nl – For the Netherlands

Local geographical:

  • .london
  • .amsterdam
  • .melbourne

There are ones for specific industries:

  • .cleaning
  • .physio
  • .pizza

There are even ones for brand names:

  • .ferrari
  • .goodyear
  • .airbus

There are also TLDs that are restricted to certain types of organisations:

  • .aero – Only for members of the air transport industry
  • .museum – Only for museums
  • .xxx – I’m sure you can guess what this is for

If you want to see a full list of TLDs, check them out on this Wikipedia page

That’s a brief introduction to domain names.

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