Domain Names

The internet is a vast cyber and virtual world filled with virtual places we call web sites or web domains. These web sites or web domains contain certain information that you will interact with. And to get to these “places”, web sites, or web domains, one will need to know their domain name. Now you may be wondering what a domain name is; well, a domain name is a series of letters comprising a term which will key you in to a certain domain or space in the internet’s URL. So what is a URL? Well, a URL or a Uniform Resource Locator is a series of numbers exclusively designated to web domains. Uniform resource locator’s are used for the sole reason that in the early days of the internet, the creators or coders wanted an easier way of accessing domains on the internet; and since they believe that people or users will find it easier to connect to websites or remember a series of letters rather than remembering this series of numbers, they came up with domain names.

Think of it like this, domain names are keys used to access “doors” or web domains. A web domain may have a lot of domain names. Unlike doors though, the more keys a web domain has, the easier it is to access – which in the cyber world isn’t a bad thing, especially if you want your web domain to be publicly well known and accessible.

Domain Name Registrars and Top Level Domains

What are domain name registrars? Well, domain name registrars are more of a “who” actually. These domain registrars are known and internationally acquitted domain name registrars. Domain name registrars are consulted whenever one is looking into giving their domain a name. And yes, it is a requirement when putting up a website. Without a registered domain name, nobody would be able to visit your web site. And without web site visitors, putting up a web domain would be pointless.

Let’s move on to Top Level Domains. So, what are TLDs or Top Level Domains? These are the suffixes found and used by domain names. There are many types of top level domains such as:

  • .com
  • .net
  • .org
  • .biz
  • .us
  • .uk
  • .co.uk
  • .tv
  • .ca
  • .eu
  • .me
  • Etc.

Among all of the above mentioned top level domains, the most popular and most commonly used is the .com. There are also region specific top level domains such as the .eu for Europe, the .ca for Canada, the .us for the United States of America, and the.ph for the Philippines.

Domain Name Costs

Aside from paying for your domain name, you will also have to pay for the selected top level domain. Domain names are usually offered by domain name registrars for about ten dollars ($10) to twenty dollars ($20) per year. If you already have a web host, there’s a good chance that that web host of yours also doubles as domain name registrar, so before looking for a domain name registrar you should check with your web host first. One good idea is by contacting customer support, they are sure to answer your inquiries. Moving on, top level domain costs vary per TLD and not by registrar. Some top level domains such as the .com, .us, .org, .biz may cost a little less or a little over fifteen dollars ($15); whilst other top level domains such as the .net may cost a little less or a little over ten dollars ($10). There are even top level domains such as the .tv that may cost you a little less or a little over thirty five dollars ($35).