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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 called subdomains.

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).

From 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 In addition, arc.nasa.gov is the FQDN for the Ames Research Center (ARC) domain under nasa.gov.

InterNIC Registration Services registers second-level domain names only. These names are of the form:


where example 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 Registration Template. Note that specific criteria apply for the assignment of each top-level domain.

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


Basic Domain Name Rules: You may use .COM, .NET, .ORG
Use 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 total

Check 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)]

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