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What is a domain name?

What is a domain name?

What is a domain name?
That might seem like a odd question until we break it down to it's many different parts.  In it's most used and well understood form, a domain name is simply a series of characters, or numbers, pointing to a less known IP address on a server in cyberspace someplace.  

But I would like to talk more about the different parts of a domain name.  Most have heard of the www which is simply a protocol representing World Wide Web.   The idea behind the www is to allow for the device connecting to be able to understand that it is supposed to be connecting to a web page.  Other popular protocols are FTP, UDP and of course the newest to the list no.  Although the norm today is to simply exclude the www when it comes to domain names, the truth is we should always tell our browsers or devices what type of connection we would like to make.  This is very true now with Nodot Domains.  If we was to just type nodotdomain as our domain name then the browser will try to figure out what you wanted and attempt to first connect you to www.nicsales.com  but, if we was not wanting to connect to that domain then the only way the browser could understand what we wanted is to type the domain fully such as no.nodotdomain.  Stripping out the www or no. from your domain is refereed to as a naked domain.  The http in the domain stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol and if we add a S to the end of that it lets the site we are connection to know we would like for a secure encrypted connection to it.  The .com part of the domain is known as the TL (Top Level) part of the domain.  The first TL domains consisted of .com, .net, .gov and a few others.  The idea was to allow for each domain to represent what type of business or site they represented.  Though like the www that did not last very long.  Now days it's all about the .com which stands for Company.  So the idea behind a Topless domain or one without the www and one without the .com better represents the direction the Internet and domains have gone.

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