What is a Domain Name?

The unique name that identifies an Internet site is called a Domain Name. A Domain Name indicates the location of your computer on the Internet.

Organizations that do business over the Internet want domain names (addresses) which are easy to remember and which are closely related to the company trademark, so that customers can locate their web site very easily.

Domain Names always have two or more parts, separated by dots. The part on the left is the most specific; the part on the right is the most general.

The Domain suffixes are intended to differentiate between various types of organizations on the Internet. Generally, the following rules apply:
   .com -- businesses and commercial enterprises
   .net -- network-related organizations and enterprises
   .org -- non-profit organizations
The domain suffix type itself has no bearing for accessibility on the Internet from a technical standpoint, but over time the .com domain type has become the most popular and recognizable on the Internet. Many businesses now register their domain(s) with all three endings to ensure competitors or speculators do not register a similar domain.

It is also possible for a Domain Name to exist but not be connected to an actual server machine. This is often done so that a group or business can have an Internet e-mail address without having to establish a real Internet site. In these cases, some real Internet machines must handle the mail on behalf of the listed Domain Name.

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