What is a domain name?
(www.YourDomainName .com) It is a component of your internet address that is assigned to you that allows someone to locate you on the world wide web. It is your permanent address that can follow you no matter where in the world you might move. This is a very powerful tool for individuals as well as businesses. It allows for email addresses such as (you @ your-name .com), web site addresses (such as this site) personal and business.
What does it mean to register a domain name?
When you register a domain name it is assigned/licensed to you and associated with a (DNS) computer on the internet that you designate during the effective period of registration.
How long can a name be?
The new long format allows for a minimum of 2 characters up to 63 characters plus the extension. Valid characters are (a-z) and (0-9) and the dash (-) as long as it is contained with in the other characters. It can not be a leading or trailing character. If you use capital letters they will be translated into lower case which is what the domain name system (DNS) recognizes.
What is a URL?
(URL) Uniform Resource Locator which is a line of text that uniquely specifies a resource such as a complete file. Each computer (called a server) that hosts a web site is assigned it's own unique IP (Internet Protocol) address. A string of numbers and dots. You could type in the string of numbers and dots, but entering and remembering the name is a lot easier. Let the DNS which has special software do the work.
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