A website domain or for short domain is the name of a website or URL (Uniform Resource Locator) used to identify one or more IP addresses.
Think of a domain like the main address to your home or business for example 1234 web street
The other sections of a URL or web address are to tell the postman what city, state and zip code to go to, to make sure the letter gets to the right place. Likewise, the subdomain, extension, and directory are all there to help direct people to the correct website.
When I am learning something new I like to understand the basic information first. If you want to go into depth with domains and how they work here is an excellent article that can brush you up with all that good stuff!
What does each part of a Web Address mean?
What does https stand for?
HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol and is used to transfer data over the internet. HTTP is a protocol to define how messages are transferred and formatted.
You may or may not have noticed a difference between HTTP and HTTPS. This can be because the web will often direct you to the correct site whether you typed in one or the other.
The HTTPS stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure and the better option when creating a website. The HyperText Transfer Secure (https) can provide extra security to your website, advantages in website performance, and even SEO (Search Engine Operatives) benefits.
What does WWW stand for?
WWW stands for World Wide Web. WWW is a subdomain to the entire URL address.
Depending on the website, WWW may not be necessary to type in. Most of the time, the IP address will still direct you to the host site.
The benefits of having WWW before your domain is a technical advantage involving your DNS (Domain Name System) that may restrict cookies and translate domain names to IP address.
Like I have said before I can work my way around a computer but I never grew up super techy. Feel free to google a more in-depth version of what technological advantages a WWW has to offer and vice versa.
What is the purpose of the TLD or extension?
The Top-Level Domain (TLD) or domain extension is the final way to locate your full web address. One of the first extensions was .com and then .org. However, there are now thousands of TLD’s registered.
These extensions started to categorize websites such as educational (.edu), networking (.net), and many more!
Since .com is the most common and widely used TLD, it is preferable when creating a website or blog. Nevertheless, find the complete domain that works for you and your site.
Whether you are starting a blog or trying to brush up on your internet lingo, I can’t help but be excited for you on your journey.
The worldwide web is an incredible place that can unite people from all over the world. I love what technology has to offer and the connections that are made from it!
Sharing your expertise and passions has never been easier and it all starts with understanding the basics.
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