It is where every Internet story starts. So let us start with a few basics.
Domain names are the way we organise, navigate and understand the Web. Without domain names, URLs would be a series of numbers, or IP addresses, that would be difficult to remember. However, a domain name gives us an address that is easier to remember. A domain name is key to doing just about anything on the Internet, from setting up a website to sending and receiving e-mail to building an online shop. Verisign enables companies -- big and small -- to increase their online visibility, expand their businesses into new markets and promote their brand, connecting more than 128.9 million .com and .net domain names and resolving more than 95 billion queries daily without fail. Discover below how a domain is essential to what we do online.
The Anatomy of a Domain Name
It may look like a single internet address, but there are a few important parts. Let us start with what is known as the second-level domain.
Country-code TLDs (ccTLDs): two letter country codes that are approved for use by countries or territories (i.e., .de, .tv, .au, etc.).
Third-level domain: This is often www but can take many other forms depending on the discretion of the registrant (i.e., it could also be video.bestdomainnameever.com, corporate.bestdomainnameever.com, etc.).
The process of registering and using a domain involves a number of important stakeholders. Knowing who those people are and what they do, helps you understand not only how the Internet works but also how to register and use a domain of your own.
So Let Us Meet the Participants.
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A domain registrant is the individual, company or organisation that holds the rights to use a particular domain for a set period of time. The registrant, or user, decides how to use the domain name within the terms of service. This can include websites, mail servers, applications, etc.
A “registrar” is a company that is accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The registrar provides direct services to domain name registrants. They help find, manage and then send the necessary domain name information to a registry. There are over 900 registrars that provide services to registrants or users around the world.
The reason you cannot register a domain name through Verisign is that we are not a registrar—we are actually a registry.
Domain registry operators maintain and operate the infrastructure that makes it possible to convert IP addresses to domain names. A registry receives domain name service (DNS) information from domain name registrars, inserts that information into a centralised database and distributes the information via Internet zone files so that domain names can be found by users around the world. Verisign is a domain registry and has managed the registries for .com and .net with 100% reliability, stability and availability for more than 15 years.
Thousands of businesses have succeeded with a .net behind them and more start here every day. Whatever you are dreaming of in that big brain of yours, .net can help you release it into the wild.
Who is it great for?
As one of the first web domains, .net has the credibility that comes with experience to help businesses begin, grow and get their best chance online. There are millions of names available… so you can get the web address you really want on a best-in-class domain.
With millions of websites hosting video, it is hard for new ones to get noticed. You need a better way to get your video site to stand out by getting the domain name that best fits your needs. You need .tv, the new home to video on the Web.
Who is it Great For?
If your site has video, support its brand with a .tv domain. Let people know exactly what it has to offer and make it easier for people to find you. .tv, the home of video on the Web.
The domain name that is entirely built around individuals
.name is all about your personal online identity – and all that makes you unique. It is about family, friends, hobbies and social media taken to the next level.
WHO IS IT GREAT FOR?
A .name domain is perfect for anyone who makes a hobby – or even a living – with their names: Writers, social networkers, family historians, artists, photographers, DJs, musicians and more. Having a .name address simplifies your online activity and social sites into one central and easy-to-get-to, easy-to-remember Web address.
A Domain with a Corner on the ".cc"
Choose from a wide selection of names available and join an exclusive group that has marketed their niche ideas and establishments with the .cc TLD.
Who is it Great For?
Businesses and individuals around the globe are leveraging .cc domain names to create innovative and unique Web addresses for their online presence. Plus, .cc may very well be the easiest Web top-level domain (TLD) to remember, making .cc a great choice if you have your heart set on a name that is not available in other domains.
The Internet has defined the way we think about the world. And now it is defining the way we think about our future. Verisign has helped to build, protect and advance the Internet at almost every stage of its development. And Verisign is a big part of some exciting things to come.
Verisign is enabling new customised gTLDS that allow organisations, companies and communities to own their own top-level domain space.
As part of the protocol that Verisign has developed and championed, the Internet has expanded from being able to support 4.3 million IP addresses TO 340 UNDECILLION.(Is that number even real? Yep.)
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