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What is Domain – Answered for Dummies


Many beginners confuse domain name with a website or website hosting service. In this blog, we will answer what is a domain name and how domains work.

In simple terms, if your website was a house, then your domain name will be its address. Domain name is the address of your website that people type in the browser URL bar to visit your website.

What is Domain before 1983

Before the introduction of the Domain Name System in 1983, Every computer on the network has address and users would access different addresses on computer networks through a host’s numerical address.

How Domains Work

When a user enters a domain name into a browser, The DNS servers will search for the IP address associated with the domain name. The server that has information about the IP address will return it to the web browser. Then, it will request data about the site from the domain’s hosting server. And all these happens in blink of an eye.

Domain Name System servers translate a domain name request from an internet user into an IP address the computer can read. The DNS server then connects the user to the website for the IP address it finds within the server records.

What Makes Domain & Website Different

A website is made up of files like HTML pages, website builder software, images, and more. Domain is the web address of your website.

Technically, visitors can visit your website using its IP address. However, since it consists of a string of numbers, it is hard to remember. A domain helps make a website more accessible to internet users.

Types of Domains

There are 3 types of Domains, as a beginner we would not go so deep into domain types, just for knowledge.

  1. Top Level Domain – TLD
  2. Country Code Top Level Domain – ccTLD
  3. Generic Top-Level Domains – gTLD


A subdomain is a separate division from a larger domain but still shares the same servers.

Where to buy a Domain

At present, there are thousands of online services that provides domain, and some web hosting services provide free domain when you buy hosting plan from them. Some of the top services are

  1. Bluehost
  2. GoDaddy
  3. HostGator
  4. Namecheap
  5. Cloudflare

And I use Hosting India web host service its cheap and very good 24×7 support.


In this blog, we have discussed all the necessary information on domains. Most importantly, we have explained why a domain name is essential for your website.

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