Domain Name

What Does Domain Name Mean?

A domain name is an Internet resource name that is universally understood by Web servers and online organizations and provides all pertinent destination information. To access an organization’s Web-based services, website users must know the precise domain name.

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Techopedia Explains Domain Name

Domain names are used worldwide, particularly in the world of networks and data communication. The following points explain how they work and how they are used:

  • Domain names have two parts that are separated by a dot, such as example.com.
  • A domain name can be used to identify a single IP address or group of IP addresses.
  • A host or organization may use a domain name as an alternate IP address because domain names are alphanumeric (as opposed to all numbers), making them easier to memorize.
  • A domain name is used as part of a URL to identify a website.
  • The part that follows the dot is the top level domain (TLD), or group to which the domain name belongs. For example, .gov is the TLD for U.S. government domains.
  • The IP address in the domain name’s background is converted to a recognizable, alphanumeric domain name by a system known as the domain name system (DNS).
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