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What Is A Domain?

The Five W’s of Domains; What? Why? Where? Who? and When?

What Are Domains?

Every individual page on the internet has an accompanying web address called a TLD, or Top Level Domain. A TLD is used to find an individual page on the internet, much like a physical address is used to find a specific geographical location.

For example if you take www.mechanicweb.com:

By adding all three components together, we have created a simple and memorable domain that helps our clients easily access our website. The search components will automatically know exactly which web page we are looking to access.

History of domains

In the late 1960’s, UCLA and Stanford connected a set of computers together as a way to communicate between campuses. This early version of the World Wide Web was called Arpanet. Ray Tomlinson then created something that he called email address by joining a username to a computer with an @ sign (for example [email protected]). This allowed email to be sent back and forth and was essentially the first web address or domain.

When Arpanet began to use TCP/IP people were struggling with remembering the neverending streams of numbers to communicate. This is when the idea of domain nameservers (DNS) began to take shape. The idea was to connect words to individual IPs for a user friendly experience.

More and more people began to use DNS and through that the need to differentiate classes of web addresses. Top Level Domains (TLDs) were created to fulfil this need. Web address endings like .com, .org, and .net became a way to add to the pool of domains as well as separate the different categories of web traffic.

In the 1990’s, the internet became commercial and that’s when the web exploded. From there on out everyone needed a web page, domain, and IP address. ICANN then opened the air for new TLD applications. For a hefty fee individuals and businesses could apply for their own web address ending.

The release of over 700 individual domain extensions has created a wave of interest among existing and new website owners. Never before have individuals had the chance to choose creative and exciting domains of their own. Find yours today at MechanicWeb.

Why do I need a domain?

The internet has quickly dominated the way that the world communicates, both socially and professionally. To obtain your own online presence you will need a web site and registering a domain is the first step to creating your own web identity.

You will want to choose a domain that accurately represents you and what you are trying to achieve online. After recognizing these goals, you will be able to create a simple and memorable web address to get you started on the right foot. There are a lot of options so we will try to cover the basics for you.

Register a domain with MechanicWeb domain registration services and then register other great TLDs to be directed to your main site for a broader coverage. For Example:

Where do I register a domain?

Register your own domain at MechanicWeb. Check into the exciting new TLD web address extensions. With hundreds to choose from we can guarantee that there is one that will meet all of your web address needs.

Newly released TLD extensions:

When searching for the perfect fit for your web presence, be sure to consider all newly released web address extensions. In just the last few years there have been over 700 TLDs released for registration! Each extension fits a niche, hobby, industry, or business perfectly. Get creative and think of all new opportunities awaiting your web experience.

Never again have to stress over a domain already registered, new TLDs allow you to customize a common phrase to fit your purpose. These top level domains allow you to specialize, accent, or expand any web page to bring your visions to reality.

Geographic domains are where it’s at!

While releasing hundreds of specialized web extensions, came the idea for Geographic TLDs. To guarantee that local stays local you must prove that you are a resident of the city or country you are applying for. The Geo TLDs include .US, .UK, .BD domain. Each domain offers its own class and culture associated with the city or country of its birth. These web address endings are designed to represent exactly what each city or country stands for and who the lucky inhabitants are. Be sure to show your allegiance to your city or country today.

Who manages domain registration?

In domain registration, there are two names that most are familiar with, you could say that together they run the show.

NOMINET

Nominet is a not-for-profit organization created in 1996. Nominet handles all protection, promotion, and support of over 10 million domains. Most of the monitored domains end in .uk such as: .uk, .co.uk, .org.uk, and .me.uk. In other words, if you have ever registered a .uk domain, Nominet at one time approved the domain for sale.

Nominet manages a database that manages the personal information of all .uk domain registrants such as email, address, and phone numbers. They also handle domain dispute resolution services (DRS) for those that believe that they have been a victim of domain hacking, squatting, or theft. Individual registrars comply with Nominet rules and regulations to provide the best in domain sales. For more information visit: Nominet.org.uk.

ICANN

ICANN monitors domain names and IP addresses on the internet. ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The non-profit organisation maintains a set of practices and procedures to insure that all web pages are handled appropriately and have their own individual, assigned space, on the web.

ICANN also manages the technical coordination of DNS along with the application, approval, and release of generic Top Level Domains or gTLDs. In other words, when you register your awesome new .guru domain, ICANN not only approved the sale but the application for .guru to exist.

ICANN does not actually register the domain names, rather it has accredited registrars that actually register the web address to the individual. Registrars are required to maintain a healthy and rule abiding relationship with ICANN to ensure their right to continue to register domains. After the domain is registered, ICANN then takes the registrants personal information to add to the WHOIS lookup database. This database maintains the information of all registered web addresses and is available to the public.

To learn more about the International Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers please visit ICANN.org

When should I register a domain?

The best answer to this question is: yesterday. But considering that we haven’t created a reliable time machine quite yet, registering a domain right now will work too.

Explore the wide world of domain registration at MechanicWeb and claim your very own spot on the World Wide Web.

Whether you are interested in the everyday .com or the new and exciting TLDs like .NYC or .ninja, MechanicWeb has the domain you are looking for.

Find your perfect domain today!

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