What Is a Web Domain Name, in Everyday English?

What exactly is a web domain name, in everyday English, not in computer technical geek language I hear you ask? Good question. When a web server computer is connected to the internet, it usually uses a communication protocol to communicate with other computers that are also connected to the internet.

What Is a Web Domain Name, in Everyday English?

On the internet, each computer has a special address, the concept is similar to a phone number

Each computer has a unique name so when one computer wants to communicate with another, it starts a computer communication with it, a bit like the way you pick up your cell phone (also known as a mobile phone) and call a friend of yours. You can’t phone your friend unless you know your friend’s phone number.

The computer’s phone number is a special number usually in 999.999.999.999:9999 format. For example 123.132.43.32:80

google.com is a web domain name that at the name of writing this is using address 74.125.24.113

The “:9999” part is a port number, think of this like another door (for example front door or back door or side door) into a house. This defaults to 80 when accessing normal websites. When accessing a secure website that ‘door’ is more secure and is usually port 243 and the two computer communicate with each other using encryption to help protect the information being transmitted.

Imagine instead of putting google.com in your internet browser, you had to put in 74.125.24.113 instead.

Putting in 74.125.24.113 instead of google.com would work, however it is much easier to put in google.com

However if google.com decided to use a different web server, it may have a different address. Then google.com would have to send out “we have moved to a new address, here is the new address” notices.

However instead of doing this, they would simple change the address associated with the google.com domain. You as a normal user of the internet would not been realize that they had moved address.

Using domain names is much easier than using these special addresses

Using google.com is much much easier than using that long number. Each website you visit on the internet has an address in that long number format. So after doing your business with google, you then want to jump over to your bank, which would also have a long number format address.

Behind the scenes, a service translates google.com into 74.125.24.113

Currently at the time of writing this, domain names ending with .COM are the most popular. As the internet has become so popular, many more alternative names after the dot are becoming available. Examples include .GURU and .BAR

What is a web domain name?

A web domain name is a name that is associated with a website or indeed can be associated with multiple websites on the same web server. Web domain names must be registered and to keep them active they must be renewed every so often, usually every year or two, up to ten years at a time on payment of the applicable fees.

Registrar web domain names

You can registrar web domain names and keep them parked for potential future use or to stop others from using those particular web domain names. You can obtain your domain name at cost if you are a Domain Cost Club Member. See our review of Domain Cost Club here.

Registering web domain names

Nearly anyone can register a web domain name, so you can buy a unique web domain name for your website.

Some different domain extensions are restricted, and you have to satisfy those conditions in order to registrar a domain name in that domain extension. Assuming that the web domain name you want is not currently registered to someone else, so you need to be quick.

When a web domain name is registered and the owner keeps renewing it before it expires, that web domain name stays with that owner. If that owner omits to renew it in time, that web domain name becomes available for others to potentially register.

Be careful that you do not registrar a domain name that may potentially conflict with a registered trade mark or business as you may not have full legal rights to use that domain name as it is conflicting with that registered trade mark or business.

OK, what do you do now?

Good question. You become a Domain Cost Club Member in order to buy domains using At-Cost pricing. The domain business worldwide is huge. The new domain extension names are becoming more mainstream, more familiar and more acceptable.

If you are a Domain Cost Club Member, you would enjoy At-Cost Domain pricing for the domains you purchase via Domain Cost Club. You would also have the ability to earn money on referrals. Now is a great time to become a Domain Cost Club Member. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

Domain Cost Club sells domain names and website hosting at really good prices to members. I use them. I joined as a member in late 2014.
All of my domains were transferred over to them by the middle of 2015. They are my preferred domain supplier since then. I wrote a detailed review which you will find here.
If you purchase domains, I recommend you visit Domain Cost Club and buy a membership. Then you can buy domains using very good pricing. You can also optionally buy hosting for the domains you have registered with Domain Cost Club.
To learn more about Domain Cost Club or to see if the domain name you want is still available, I recommend you visit Domain Cost Club. I may earn if you purchase a Domain Cost Club membership using this link.

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2 thoughts on “What Is a Web Domain Name, in Everyday English?”

  1. Thanks, David, for writing this piece. I have been getting a bit confused about the domain name and the webhosting. Keep up the good work.

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    • Thank Akoli for the feedback. Hope it helped to clarify some things for you. Thanks for dropping by.

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