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 "18.104.22.168", but it is generally easier to remember a name rather than a long string of numbers. A domain name can be a maximum of sixty-three characters with one character minimum, and is entered after the protocol in the URL, as you can see in the following example.
The first Internet domain name "symbolics.com" was registered by Symbolics, a Massachusetts computer company on March 15, 1985. When deciding on a domain name, its a good idea to keep it simple, 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; both companies are domain name registrars.
- 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 on a Microsoft operating system, a domain is a group of resources assigned to a group of individuals that are used to divide global areas or departments of a corporation. A domain may need to be specified when mapping a network computer or drive.