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What is a domain name?

  • November 26, 2009
A domain name is a shortcut to a computer on the Internet. Computers are typically identified by an IP address such as This number can be hard to remember, so names are assigned to these addresses (e.g. The last part of this name, "", is called a domain name. There are many kinds of domain names, but the kind available to most users are top-level domains (TLDs). These domain names end in .com, .net, and .org. These names used to be restricted to companies, network providers, and non-profit organizations. This restriction has been removed and anyone can register a name under any domain. Recent developments have introduced new TLDs: .biz, .info, and .name.

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