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In the Beginning... of Domain Names

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So you're sitting at home and that brand new novel you've been vying for has just premiered. You get on a cab headed to the nearest bookstore. But what happens when that book is out of stock? Simple; order it from the internet! Going to a website is similar to getting on a cab headed for your desired destination. Instead, you sit pretty much in front of the computer and simply enter “www.google.com” or it might be “www.ebay.com” on your web browser, which serves as your transportation method. Thus, traveling to your desired destination has never been easier with domain names.

What are domain names?

Let’s go way back, let’s say before 1983. As if owning your own PC back then wasn’t difficult enough, you had to enter an IP (Internet Protocol) Address to navigate to your desired network! Instead of simply typing “www.ebay.com” you had to enter 66.211.160.87. Since the DNS (Domain Name System) was introduced, all you had to do was type in “www.ebay.com” and all would be good.
Parts of a Domain Name

A domain name consists of three parts in the respective order: third-level domain, second-level domain, top-level domain (extension). For example, if we were to dissect the domain “www.synscon.com”; the third level domain would be “www”, the second level “synscon” and the extension or top level domain “.com”.
You might wonder why is there such thing as a third-level domain when all the websites I visit start with “www”? The third-level domain defines which type of network or server the web browser will direct you to. For example, www.synscon.com might have a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) page for downloading files. The domain name would then be ftp.synscon.com. As for second-level domains, it is the factor that distinguishes a website from another. It can be seen as the brand of your website.

The majority of the websites we visit have the “.com” as their extension. With that, most of us tend to forget that there are other domain name extensions other than the good old “.com”. Domain name extensions are used to label and classify different websites. For example, a website with the extension “.edu” might be a school, college or anything related to education. Believe it or not most unique domain extensions come with restrictions and regulations and most often, are priced higher than other common ones. One example might be the “.eu” extension. In order for one to obtain a website with the “.eu” extension, it must pass regulations set up by the European Committee such as: the website must have headquarters in countries that are part of the European Com

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