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What is domain name and why does it matter?

Written by Atul Raj
Posted on - 5 min read

Whenever you are referring to any Internet address, the domain name acts the location of a website.It is generally a human-friendly alphabetical website address.

For example, the web address “www.google.com” has an IP address “216.58.216.164”.  You’d prefer google.com as it is easier to remember a name rather than a long number. It usually consists of maximum sixty-three (63) characters with one character minimum.

It is associated usually with the IP address. And speaking of an IP address, it’s a unique address that computing devices like personal computers, tablets, and smartphones use to identify itself and communicate with other devices in the network.

Whenever you are looking for a domain name, it’s a good idea to keep it simple, something that is easy to remember.

Why you need a Domain Name?

So, the answer is quite simple, You’d need it to host a website for any purpose, either business or personal use.

A domain name usually gives a unique identity to your website. Just like your phone number, two domain names cannot be the same. It uniquely identifies your website and makes it different from others.

Having your own domain name will give you and your business a more professional look.

It has extensions at the end of the URL.

“.com”, “.net” and “.org” are the most used name extensions which have more than 100 million domains registered.

Why should you register one?

Registering a domain name is just like registering your mobile number, so that, no one else has the authority to use the same number or in this case your domain name.

Another reason for registering is to protect copyrights and trademarks and increases brand awareness.

How can you renew it?

Once you have registered it, it is important to know that this domain will remain yours, as long as you pay for it.

No one can purchase a domain name forever, you can reserve it for a certain period, usually one year. In order to continue using it beyond its expiry date, you need to renew them, it can be reserved for more than a year, you just need to ask your registrar for that.

The price for a domain’s registration varies mostly on its extension. For example, the most common extension “.com” is the most affordable one.