What is a Domain Name?

For beginners, it’s hard to differ domain name, website, and website hosting service. A domain is actually an address to your website like your home address. In simple words, if you type your website in the browser URL bar, your website will open. A standard website address structure includes www.yourdomainname.com. Here www stands for World Wide Web and com is a TLD.

Each computer on this network connects every other computer. The network allows each computer to communicate with another computer on the network. Each computer features a series of numbers (IP addresses) for identification. Don’t know, what is an IP address? Look at the following numbers:

66.249.66.1

See, an IP address is quite difficult to remember but this is where technology differs.

How does It work?

Let’s start with what happens when you enter a domain name? When you enter a website name in the browser’s URL bar, the browser sends a request to DNS. The DNS is a global network of servers with name servers associated with a particular website. After searching name servers, servers at DNS forward your request to name servers.

Let’s say, you’ve registered your website on BlueBini, our name servers will look like this.

ns1.bluebini.com

ns2.bluebini.com

We’ll receive a request from DNS servers and forward your request to the web server (stores you website). The web server contains a special server software such as Apache or Nginx. The web server reads the website data and sends it back to your web browser.

Domain Name, Website, and Website Hosting; What’s the Difference?

Your website contains HTML pages, images, videos, website builder software, and more. A site name is your website’s address while website hosting stores your website. Website hosting service providers use web servers to store your website’s information.

You’ll need a site name and hosting before you create your website. Moreover, you must know website address and hosting are two different services. You can buy them from two different companies. Yet, you can buy both from the same companies. BlueBini makes it easy for you to register all these services at the most affordable rates.

The name itself does not work. Registration gives you the right to “submit” your name wherever you want. In a nutshell domain names and web hosting are two different services. However, they work together to make websites possible.

Different Types of Domains:

Domain extensions are of different kinds including TLD, ccTLD, and sTLD. The most popular extension is .com. If you’re an organization then you need to register .org extension. Other extensions include .org, .net, .tv, .info, .io, and many others. Each “dot” represents a different segment and help computers (web browser) to find content easily.

Top-Level Domain – TLD:

TLD features generic extensions that hold the top spot in the DNS. BlueBini allows you to register hundreds of extensions. We recommend our customers to buy .com, .org, or .net extensions as they’re adopted.

Country Code Top Level Domain – ccTLD:

ccTLD is a country-specific domain extension and denotes a particular region or area. Most local businesses use ccTLD such as .cn for Canada, .uk for the United Kingdom, .de for Germany, and more. You can choose one depending on your location. These extensions help local business in targeting a country-specific audience.

Sponsored Top-Level Domain – sTLD:

Different communities, businesses, and companies sponsor these types of TLD. sTLD is more like their representation over the internet. ICANN permits Domain Name Registrars (companies) to sell names. You can permit them to make changes to your name registry. Moreover, they can sell names, perform renewals, and transfer to other registrars.

BlueBini allows you to register any name depending on your need. Reach out to us now to register your first domain.