1. When referring to an Internet address or name a domain or domain name is the location of a website. For example, the domain name "computerhope.com" points to the IP address "188.8.131.52", but it is easier to remember the Computer Hope website is computerhope.com instead of trying to remember the IP address. A domain name can be a maximum of sixty-three characters and a minimum of one character and is entered after the protocol in the URL, like the one shown below.
The first Internet domain name "symbolics.com" was registered by Symbolics, a Massachusetts computer company on March 15, 1985. When creating a domain name, make sure to keep it simple and something that is easy to remember. Additional promoting tips for websites is on our promotion page. To register or lookup a domain name, we recommend visiting GoDaddy or Network solutions, which are both companies who specialize in domain registration.
- How do I register a domain name?
- See our Internet domain suffixes for a full list of all the available domain name suffixes.
2. When referring to a computer network running Microsoft network operating system, a domain is a group of network resources assigned to a group of users. Domains divide global areas of a corporation or a corporation's departments. A domain may need to be specified when mapping a network computer or drive.