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What is a domain name?
Simply put, a domain name
is a description of a computer's "location" on the Internet. It
contains a few components, separated by a period ("dot"). Reading a
simple domain name
from left to right (most
specific to least specific), the first item (widget) is the
name of the host computer itself, or the hostname. The next item (example)
is the second-level domain name, and is registered by an organization or entity
with InterNIC Registration Services. The last item (com) is
a top-level domain name, and describes the purpose of the organization or
entity who owns the second-level name. A domain name may include other
components between the hostname and the second-level domain name; these are
In an e-mail address, the
domain name follows the @ symbol, and often consists only of
a second-level domain and top-level domain name (example.com).
FYI 4 (Answers to Commonly
asked "New Internet User" Questions):
A Fully Qualified Domain
Name (FQDN) is a domain name that includes all higher level domains relevant to
the entity named. [...] For a host, a FQDN would include the string
that identifies the particular host, plus all domains of which the
host is a part up to and including the top-level domain. For example,
atlas.arc.nasa.gov is a Fully Qualified Domain Name for the
host at 126.96.36.199. In addition, arc.nasa.gov is the FQDN
for the Ames Research Center (ARC) domain under
Services registers second-level domain names only. These names are of
is the second-level domain name not to exceed 22 characters, and
where TLD (top-level domain) is one of the following:
For more information
regarding which TLD is appropriate for your purposes, please refer to
RFC 1591 - Domain Name
System Structure and Delegation and the
Template. Note that specific criteria apply for the assignment of each
Also remember that you
have the option to register your name under the
US top-level domain on the basis of political geography (entity-name.locality.state-code.US).
For more information on the US domain, see
RFC 1480 - The US Domain.
Visit the US Domain Registry
for registration procedures.
Domain Name Lookup
Domain Name Rules: You may use .COM, .NET, .ORGUse only letters, numbers,
or dashes ("-").Cannot begin or end with a dash Cannot have
more than 26 characters total.Enter the name you would like for your
website address. Use only letters, numbers, or dashes ("-").
Cannot begin or end with a dash, and cannot have more than 26 characters totalCheck
on the availability of the Domain Name you would like to have. Type in the
name you wish to look up, and press your Return or Enter key on your keyboard.
If you receive a message to the effect of name not found, your Domain Name
choice may still be available.Each search may take up to several
minutes. Remember to press the "Back" button on your web browser
to return to this page.http://www. [examples: (ibm.com, travel.org, your-name.net)]