Understanding basic web acronyms like a domain name can feel as foreign as learning a new language, which can be extremely confusing and frustrating! I have been there, and I am here to tell you it’s possible.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Consider this article the first bite to understand domain names and other simple terms to help navigate the web.
What is a Domain Name?
A website domain or, for short, the 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. An example would be 1234 web street. That first part of your address is similar to a domain name.
The other sections of a URL or web address tell the postman what city, state, and zip code 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 learn 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. Having a basic understanding of these terms can help you feel less confused and more empowered to learn more. In fact, this is just the beginning. Once you understand the basics, learn more about what technological advantages a WWW offers 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 TLDs 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.
By learning what a domain name is and the other commonly used internet acronyms, you are already ahead of the game.
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.
What are some other blogging terms you have looked up lately? What would have helped you get ahead of the game quicker? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below.
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