Definition

Location of an entity on the Internet.


Information

There are different levels of domains.

Examples of the various levels are as follows:

Top-level (TLD).com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov

2nd-levelbusiness, shopping, search
(2nd-level may contain letters, numbers, and hyphens)

3rd-levelwww1, www2, keyword (optional)
(NOTE – make sure your site resolves with or without www)

The selection of domain names is a major consideration when doing business online, and it is often one of the first issues to be addressed. While a good domain name won’t guarantee success, it can have a positive (or negative) impact on almost every aspect of online business.

A “good” domain is one that is easy to remember and minimizes confusion. If you are acquiring a name that has the potential to cause confusion, it is generally recommended that you obtain the most logical variations This often includes non-hyphenated and hyphenated variations, along with words that are phonetically similar and common misspellings.

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Synonyms

web address

Related Terms

long domain name, whois

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Articles

.Com: The World’s Most Expensive Address
ClickZ (November 30, 2000)

The Problem of Domain Name Hoarding
ClickZ (November 29, 2000)