What Is a Domain Name?
A Domain Name System, or DNS, is the most recognized system for assigning addresses to Internet web servers (your hosting company). Somewhat like international phone numbers, the domain name system helps to give every Internet server a memorable and easy-to-spell address. Simultaneously, the domain names keep the really technical IP address invisible for most viewers..
Some example Internet domain names:
A Domain Name is Not the Same as URL
To be technically correct, a domain name is commonly part of a larger Internet address called a “URL”. A URL goes into much more detail than domain name, providing much more information, including the specific page address, folder name, machine name, and protocol language.
Example Uniform Resource Locator pages, with their domain names bolded:
A Domain Name is Not the Same as an IP Address. A domain name is intended to be a friendly and memorable “nickname” only. The true technical address of a web host is its Internet Protocol Address, or IP Address.
An IP address, or “internet protocol address”, is a unique identifying number given to every single computer on the internet. Your computer has an IP address, your phone has an IP address. Even Coke machines have IP addresses. Cops on CSI and other TV shows trace criminals by their IP addresses.
IP addresses usually look like this:
5. 184.108.40.206 (http://www.isabels-typing-services.co.uk/)
6. 220.127.116.11 (http://wordpress.org/)
7. 18.104.22.168 (http://www.wordtracker.com/)
8. 22.214.171.124 (http://www.eukhost.com/)
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