Domain name is among the list of required things you need to have in order to develop a website. In this post I’ll aim to answer the question which becomes the title of this post. I’m going to explain it in a way that it could be easily understood by common people. However, if you are more into a technical IT person, I include some links pointed to more in depth articles that you might choose to read.
Domain Name as the Address of Your Website
I like to explain things with analogy. And for this one, I believe that the best analogy for Domain Name in the real world is illustrating it like an address. So, think about a domain name as an address, first think about your website as a property in the world of internet. The property could be your own “house” (personal website/blog), your company “office” (company profile site), your shop (ecommerce site), or anything possible. Then as you owned the property, to get people come across the existence of your property, you will need an address, and so do your website, it needs an address! Every address is unique; it’s used for distinguishing each one.
If the address of your real world property may come with the street name, number, city, postal code, etc. Then your “online property” will have more friendly address, for instance the domain name address of this website is diywebdev.com. Or I may mention some of the most popular domain names like google.com, facebook.com, twitter.com.
Types of Domain Name
Dot-com (.com) is the most common domain name that I bet you will agree. Nevertheless there are many more domain extensions available for domain name to be registered. Here is the list:
Besides those listed above, there also more domain name extensions that represent the country, for example .uk (.co.uk, .or.uk, ac.uk) for United Kingdom, .ca for Canada, .id (.co.id, .or.id, .ac.id) for Indonesia, and so on.
As I said in the beginning, I don’t want to ramble more through technical terms. I hope it’s enough for you the give the idea of what domain name is. I realize that it is really just a completely brief explanation. So, if you want to know better about domain name, I suggest you to read more in the section of domain name on Wikipedia. Some keywords that you might need to know are Domain Name Server (DNS), TLD, ICANN, and Domain Registrar.