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A name that identifies one or more IP addresses. For example, the domain name microsoft.com represents about a dozen IP addresses. Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. For example, in the URL http://www.pcwebopedia.com/index.html, the domain name is pcwebopedia.com.

Every domain name has a suffix that indicates which top-level (TLD) domain it belongs to. There are only a limited number of such domains. For example:

  • gov - Government agencies
  • edu - Educational institutions
  • org - Organizations (nonprofit)
  • mil - Military
  • com - commercial business
  • net - Network organizations
  • ca - Canada
  • th - Thailand
  • Due to a shortage of domain names at the top level, the Internet Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC) proposed six new top-level domains, which will start being used sometime in 1998:

  • store - merchants
  • web - parties emphasizing Web activities
  • arts - arts and cultural-oriented entities
  • rec - recreation/entertainment sources
  • info - information services
  • nom - individuals
  • Because the Internet is based on IP addresses, not domain names, every Web server requires a Domain Name System (DNS) server to translate domain names into IP addresses.



    For internet.com pages about domain name, . Also, check out the following links!


    More Information

      BESTDOMAINS Internet Services home page
    BESTDOMAINS Internet Services is a speculator in domain names and offers a number of generic domain names for sale. Updated on Mar 9, 1998

      checkdomain.com
    Allows users to find out if a domain name is registered or still available.

      Domain Name Registries
    Contains links to domain name registries around the world. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

      GlobalNames
    GlobalNames is an official CORE registrar for the seven new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). Their site provides information, FAQs, and news regarding the new domains and registration.

      IANA's Domain Name Services Page
    Describes how to obtain a domain name, information and links for generic and country-code top-level domains, and the Request for Comment document for domain name system structure and delegation.

      Network Solutions
    Home page for Network Solutions, currently acting as the exclusive registrar of Internet domain names within the .com, .net, .edu and .org top-level domains, persuant to agreements with the National Science Foundation.

      Registration Forms from Network Solutions
    Access to forms used to register a new contact NIC handle and to modify existing contact NIC handle information.

      targetdomain.com
    Domain Name Tools and Resources Free domain name trading, broker and domain-name tools - Search unregistered words, name wizard, global whois, trademark and similar domain name search, name guard and much more.

      webTeacher's explanation of the Internet naming system
    Provides basic but thorough graphical explanation of each field within a domain name and what it corresponds to (host names, top level names, and so on).

      Yahoo!'s domain naming organizations
    Yahoo!'s directory of domain naming organizations. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

      Yahoo!'s domain registration page
    Yahoo!'s directory of domain registration links. Updated on Aug 2, 1998

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