If you’ve ever used the Internet, it’s a good bet that you’ve used the Domain Name System, or DNS, even without realizing it. DNS is a protocol within the set of standards for how computers exchange data on the Internet and on many private networks, known as the TCP/IP protocol suite. Its basic job is to turn a user-friendly domain name like “howstuffworks.com” into an Internet Protocol (IP) address like 188.8.131.52 that computers use to identify each other on the network. It’s like your computer’s GPS for the Internet.
Computers and other network devices on the Internet use an IP address to route your request to the site you’re trying to reach. This is similar to dialling a phone number to connect to the person you’re trying to call. Thanks to DNS, though, you don’t have to keep your own address book of IP addresses. Instead, you just connect through a domain name server, also called a DNS server or name server, which manages a massive database that maps domain names to IP addresses.
What is a Domain Name?
A Domain Name is your website name. A Domain Name is the address where Internet users can access your website. A Domain Name is used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet. Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of number. However, it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers. Because of this, Domain Names were developed and used to identify entities on the Internet rather than using IP addresses.
A Domain Name can be any combination of letters and numbers, and it can be used in combination of the various Domain Name extensions, such as .com, .net and more.The Domain Name must be registered before you can use it. Every Domain Name is unique. No two websites can have the same Domain Name. If someone types in www.yourdomain.com, it will go to your website and no one else’s.Domain Names are used to identify 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.
What are the Advantages of it?
A hierarchical naming system for computer systems, services or for that matter any resource participating in the internet. Various information with domain names is assigned to each of the participants. DNS translates the names of domain into meaningful to humans into binary identifiers that are associated with the equipment of network to locate and address these devices.
- More Reliable: Delivers messages to the users with zero downtime.
- Faster: DNS are connected well at intersections of internet. Any cast technology enables requests are answered to the next closest node in the case of maintenance or downtime.
- Smarter: Automatic corrections of typos.
Every Domain Name has a suffix that indicates which Top Level Domain (TLD) it belongs to. There are only a limited number of such Domains. For example:
gov – Government agencies
edu – Educational institutions
org – Organizations (non-profit)
mil – Military
com – commercial business
net – Network organizations
ca – Canada
th – Thailand
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.
10 Benefits of owning your own Domain Name
- Simplicity. A custom Domain such as “www.mybusiness.com” is easier to remember than a generic, cobranded Domain such as “www.google.your business.com’’.
- Relevance. As of July 2012, there are over 140 million active domains, and as of 2014 14.3 Trillion – websites, live on the Internet. The sooner you stake your claim, the more likely it will be that your address matches your business profile.
- SEO. Having your own Domain Name will increase your website’s positioning under search results on top search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
- Permanence. Keep your domain name for as long as your business is online. No one else can use your domain as long as you pay the host that set it up.
- Credibility. Prospective customers will more readily transact with businesses with a professional, established online presence – made possible with a personalized domain.
- Locality. Google searches can be heavily influenced by a user’s geographical location, so if you appeal to regional customers, take advantage of country extensions on your e.g. “www.mybusiness.com.ca’’
- Correspondence. Once you acquire a domain, your email addresses will appear as “email@example.com” for example. Like we mentioned in our last post, custom email address go a long way in maintaining professional communications with your customers.
- Save time and money. when your buyers want to reach out for you or when you need to contact someone. Also you can get a domain for a low cost, no worries. It is a smart move for your online future.
- Customized. domains will give you a truly online presence and it will establish your business as a brand.
- Ubiquity. You will have the opportunity to acquire multiple domains with different suffixes (i.e. .org, .net, .me, .co) and associate all of them with your biz.