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  What is a domain name?
Solution A domain name is a Web address. The domain name is mapped to an IP address
(which represents a physical point on the Internet). Thus a domain name
locates an organization or other entity on the Internet. When someone types
a domain name into a Web browser, the requested Web page will open. For example,
the domain name www.yourdomain.com locates an Internet address for "yourdomain.com."

A domain name consists of a top-level and a second-level domain. The "com" part
of the domain name generally reflects the type or purpose of the organization or
entity and is called the top-level domain (TLD) name. The part of the domain
name located to the left of the dot (" . ") — "yourdomain" in this case — is called
the second-level domain (SLD) name. The second-level domain name — being the
"readable" part of the address — refers to the organization or entity behind the
Internet address.

Second-level domain names must be unique on the Internet and registered with an
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers- (ICANN-)accredited registrar.

Article Details
Article ID: 37
Created On: 10 Oct 2005 03:59 AM

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