Domain Names

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1. Domain Names


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3. A Domain Name is the unique set of letters that you type into the address bar into your browser that allows you to visit a website. Some common ".com" domain names include:,, or There are other types of domain names as well such as .net and .org. Both the .com and .net domains can be used with pretty lax restrictions, but other domains may imply certain conditions to use, like the .org domain, which was originally intended to serve noncommercial/nonprofit entities.
ICANN is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. One of its duties is to keep track of domain names. ICANN authorizes companies that you can go to in order to register a domain name.
For example, if I wanted to start a website about my daily lunches, I would use an ICANN-approved registar to see if "" is available. If it is, I can purchase the domain and get to working on my new website.
As you can imagine, all these domains need to be organized somehow. This is where the DNS software comes into play. DNS stands for Domain Name System and any DNS software sort of files it away neatly to be pulled up only when necessary.

The websites I used today were the official ICANN website, which had helpful sections for FAQs and general questions. This is where I learned about the rules of registration of different domain names. I also used a Lifewire article titled "What a Domain Name Is and How It Works" This was very helpful and explained in plain english what purpose both Domain Names and DNS's serve.
One interesting thing I think about is as technology is progressing and computers are getting closer to understanding our casual speech, our domain names are starting to reflect that. We no longer have to buy domain names that stiffly match our urls. We can type in even something silly like "" or "" and if the company whose website we intend to visit has bought those domains we are correctly routed to that website. The examples I've given in the previous sentence are real urls for one of my favorite podcasts.