A domain name is a string of letters and numbers used as an address for a web website. It is often a word or name relating to the content of the website followed by a Top Level Domain (TLD) after it. TLDs are the .com, .net and .org parts of the address.
For example bigwebfaq.com is this site’s domain name and it is under the com TLD.
It is also very common to add the prefix www. to the domain name but this practice is becoming less common.
Domain names are there for our convenience. The actual address of a website is just a number called an IP (Internet Protocol) address but they are long and mean little to us so a system of naming websites with a domain name was created. These names are much easier for us to remember.
When you type a domain name or web address into a browser’s address bar, the browser goes to a special server called a DNS (Domain Name System) Server where it looks up the domain name and matches it with the IP address. Now that the browser has the IP address it knows where you want to go.
The .com domain names are the most popular. There is no reason for this other than the fact that people associate .com with the internet. .net or .org are just as good, but a company will always opt for the .com first.
The problem is that just about any simple .com domain name has been bought up and finding a good one that is available can be hard or costly. In fact the very best can be traded for millions.
If you have a website and want to be noticed on the web, it is important to have a good domain name that is easy to remember, easy to spell, and hints at what your website is about. It needs to be as short as possible and yet descriptive.