What does a domain name mean?

What does a domain name mean?

Joy Valerie Carrera
Joy Valerie Carrera

Okay so you want to make a website

and you're no really sure where you're supposed to start. First thing is getting a domain name. According to wikipedia a domain name is the following

A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are used in various networking contexts and for application-specific naming and addressing purposesokay like wTF does THAT even mean?

Let's break it down into Normal terms we can understand.

What you see in the address bar is the URL and that is made up of the Second Level Domain (SLD) and Top Level Domain (TLD).

In every day use terms, the domain name is the name you choose to pull up and call your website. Each website actually has a series of numbers called an IP address ie: .

Now, Let’s be real we wouldn’t be able to remember everyone’s IP addresses. we can barely remember phone numbers.

On that note – think of a domain name like saving someone’s phone number with a name.

555-272-9290 turns into “Hot Guy from Bar Tuesday” in your contacts

Using that Example: turns into Builtwithjoy.co on the internet

But why do you want to buy and register your domain? Because once you do – no one else can take it!

So it’s all yours and you can build as well as make your own custom email.

Depending on the TLD and SLD it can cost you anywhere from $.99 to $15 a year on average a domain that is available.

I personally like to buy all my domains from Namecheap.com and have found it to be the most cost effective and easiest to do.

You can find the full tutorial on how to buy on Namecheap here.