What is a Domain Name?

The domain name is the address on the web, where your website will be accessible at. It is the online identity of your business or private website. It is important to choose a name that is unique, easy to remember and describes your website content as good as possible. You register your domain name through a registrar. It is possible to pay for an year, or a longer period. If you don’t want to loose your domain name you must renew it when it is close to expiration, or else it could be claimed by someone else.

There are different domain name extension. The most common are: .com, .net, .org, .info. There are also country specific extensions such as .us for the Untied States, .de for Germany or .ca for Canada. For some of these extension there are requirements to be fulfilled such as citizenship of the according country in order to be able to buy the domain.

The are some rules you have to follow when choosing a domain name. For example you cannot include dots, commas or semicolons or other special characters in your domain name. You can use letters and numbers, as well as slashes.
When registering a domain name, it is advisable to register the same domain with different extensions, so you are sure that no one will use it and make money thanks to your marketing efforts and popularity.