Domain Names Explained
Domain Names Explained
What is a Domain Name?
A Domain Name is what you type into your browser’s address bar to get to a particular website. You might also know it as a “web address.”
Here’s some examples of Domain Names:
When a user enters your domain name into a browser, that domain is then translated into an IP address by a Domain Registrar, then the registrar’s server sends that user to your server, containing your site files. The user’s browser then translates that code into what we would recognize as a web-page. As you can see, all 3 of these elements are not only necessary to make a website function, but also 3 distinct services.
The three basic parts that make up any mordern day website are:
- Domain Names
- Web-Hosting Servers
- Site Files
Computers communicate by using numbers, called IP addresses, to contact each other, much like you use a phone number to dial a specific person’s phone. Domain names on the internet are much like entries in a phone book. The phone book tells people looking for a business what the entries are just as a domain tells people (i.e. their computers) that a website, and its associated files, are hosted on a particular server.
Another way to look at it is like a cell phone. You might look up a contact in your phone by their name and send a command to call, but your phone knows the number associated with that name and uses that to place the call. In this example the Registrar would act as the phone – knowing what number (IP address) to associate with what name (Domain).
Without a domain you would not be able to use a domain name such as mysite.com, making your site appear unprofessional and impractical if your visitors are able to load it at all.
To acquire a domain, you must go through a Domain Registrar, such as GoDaddy or NameCheap.
From within your account with the registrar, you can set where you would like your domain to point to – or more specifically, which server is hosting your website. This is known as “setting or changing the Nameservers.”
Here is an example image:
This is a screenshot of where you edit the Nameservers from within your GoDaddy account
When you setup a hosting account with Amarillo Web Solutions, you will be provided with 2 Nameservers. Once you enter these into the corresponding fields within your registry account, your domain will now be pointing to our servers and your website.
We will be more than happy to help you with any step of this process – from purchasing your domain to getting it set up to point to whoever is hosting your site.
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