Domain. What? Web Domain.

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This article for the newbie in IT and how things work in this space.


Have you ever stopped to think about the internet and where all those websites you visit every day actually live? It’s all thanks to something called a domain.

A domain is essentially the online address of a website. It’s the part of the web address that comes after the “www” and before the “.com” (or whatever other top-level domain extension you might see, like “.net” or “.org”). So, for example, in the website “”, “edrayel” is the domain.

But domain names are more than just a way to find websites – they’re also a way to establish your online identity. When you register a domain, you’re essentially reserving your spot on the internet and telling the world that you have a presence online. This can be especially important for businesses, who often use their domain name as their online brand.

Speaking of businesses, have you ever thought about starting your own online business? If so, you’ll definitely want to consider getting your own domain. It’s not too difficult, and it can be a great way to establish yourself as a professional and credible online presence.

So there you have it – a quick rundown on domains and their role on the internet. Happy Browsing!

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How It Started

In the early days of the internet, domain names were used primarily for organizational purposes. They were assigned to government agencies, research institutions, and other organizations to help them keep track of their various online resources. These domains were organized into a hierarchy, with the highest level domains (such as .gov and .edu) reserved for specific types of organizations.

As the internet started to grow in popularity, commercial entities began to enter the scene and the need for a more flexible domain system became apparent. In the mid-1990s, the internet domain system was overhauled to allow anyone to register a domain name for a fee. This opened the door for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals to establish a virtual presence on the internet.

Present Day

There are hundreds of different top-level domains (TLDs) available, ranging from the familiar .com and .net to more specialized TLDs like .tech and .design. You can even register a domain with your country’s TLD, such as .ng for Nigeria or .africa for Africa.

Wrapping Up…

A domain isn’t just about finding a catchy name for your website. It’s a complex system, which includes ensuring that the internet is a secure and trustworthy place to conduct business and exchange information. To this end, domain name registrars are required to verify the identity of anyone who registers a domain, and domain names can be seized or suspended if they are found to be used for illegal or nefarious purposes.