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Before all, you need to keep in mind that to make a website, two basic important things are DOMAIN & WEB HOSTING. After you have got these ones, connect DOMAIN to WEB HOSTING. Last but not least, install your website.

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Let’s start with the main content in this article. We are often asked by beginners: what is a domain name and how do domains work? If you are a beginner, then you may have heard that you need a domain to make a website.

However, many beginners confuse domain name with a website or website hosting service. If you are just starting out, then all these different terms may sound too technical.

In this beginner’s guide, we will answer what is a domain name and how domains work. The goal is to help you understand and choose the right domain name for your website.

1. What is a Domain Name?

Domain name is the address of your website that people type in the browser URL bar to visit your website.

In simple terms, if your website was a house, then your domain name will be its address.

A more detailed explanation:

The Internet is a giant network of computers connected to each other through a global network of cables. Each computer on this network can communicate with other computers.

2. How Domain Names Actually Work?

When you enter a domain name in your web browser, it first sends a request to a global network of servers that form the Domain Name System (DNS).

These servers then look up for the name servers associated with the domain and forward the request to those name servers.

For example, if your website is hosted on Bluehost, then its name server information will be like this:

ns1.bluehost.com
ns2.bluehost.com

These name servers are computers managed by your hosting company. Your hosting company will forward your request to the computer where your website is stored.

This computer is called a web server. It has special software installed (Apache, Nginx are two popular web server software). The web server now fetches the web page and pieces of information associated with it.

Finally, it then sends this data back to the browser.

3. How is Domain Name Different from and Web Hosting?

If the domain name is the web address of your website, then web hosting is the home where your website lives.

To create your website, you need both domain name and web hosting.

However, it’s important to remember that they are two separate services, and you can buy them from two different companies.

4. How to choose a domain

Choosing the right domain name for your website is crucial for your success. If you choose the wrong domain name, then it can be a hassle to switch later on without hurting your brand and search rankings.

That’s why it’s extremely important that you choose the best domain name from the start.

A domain consists of two parts; the name followed by the extension.

The domain name segment is as equally important as the domain extension.

Domain name

Your name

If your blog is about you and the services you offer, then it can be a good idea to choose your name. Plenty of freelancers that I know use their name for their blog.

Your company

If your blog is about the company, then it makes sense to stick with the company name in the domain name if it’s available.

Although sometimes a company might have several products and services, and, therefore, wants to separate them out.

Your niche

Having chosen the perfect niche, why not have a domain name along the same lines? Makes sense, right? Just remember to give yourself some space to manoeuvre if needed.

For example, if you chose Bananas.com and then wanted to write about Pears it could be awkward. Better to go for Fruits.com

Also, don’t be tempted to stuff the name with keywords. Think of something natural.

The domain name should say something about you, your company, your product or your service.

Domain extension

When you pick your domain, one of the choices you will have is for the extension. This is also referred to as the Top Level Domain (TLD).

There are lots of TLDs but, without a doubt, .com is the most popular. If you can choose your domain with a .com extension, you will be in a stronger position.

If people only happen to catch the name of your domain, then their first instinct to find you would be to add the .com extension onto the address.

What if .com is taken?

While .com is the best option, it’s not the only extension available.

WordPress uses both .com and .org, and separates the different parts of their business into each domain.

Some of the other original TLDs include:

.net, .int, .gov, .edu, and .mil

If you’re focusing your niche on a particular location then the country code specific extensions (referred to as ccTLDs) might be more appropriate, for example:

.au (Australia), and .uk (United Kingdom)

And then we have the newer more generic extensions (gTLDs) including:

.accountants, .agency, .business, .city, .digital, .photography, and .social

Plenty to choose from!

5. What domain registrars are best

Domain registrars are the companies responsible for registering and managing domain names for all websites around the world. Some registrars are more expensive than others, and some lack of free features that others offer, for example, domain privacy protection.

Here is a list of 10 best domain registrars in 2020. To purchase one for you, go to the website, pick up one, and then finish your order. Popular payment methods are Visa Card & Paypal.

  • Domain.com
  • GoDaddy.com
  • Namecheap.com
  • Domains.Google
  • Name.com
  • Bluehost.com
  • HostGator.com
  • 1&1 (iONOS)
  • Register.com
  • InMotion Hosting

6. Conclusion

Your domain is the first thing people see when they visit your blog. You need to make a good first impression!

Use the tips above to get a good balance of domain name and extension.

Choose something catchy, something memorable, and something relevant that says exactly what you want to say about your niche.

Make yours unique. Pick the perfect one for your blog.

You’re going to be seeing a lot of each other.