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Jonathan Griffin. Editor @ The Webmaster

. Hosting Expert & Editor @ The Webmaster:

Our goal is to help you #MasterTheWeb by producing high quality tutorials and guides. Whether you are trying to register your first domain, or just trying to complete a task, we hope you will find what you need here.

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Domain Glossary

Jonathan Griffin. Editor @ The Webmaster

. Hosting Expert & Editor @ The Webmaster:

Trying to learn, or complete a task relating to a domain can be daunting. This is especially so, when you may not know the meaning of some of the terminology used in the tutorials and guides you read.

You will find below some of the most frequently used terminology. It is not intended to be an all encompassing glossary, just a primer on the most important terms used throughout our tutorials and guides.

What is a Domain?

As we mentioned above, domain name is your website’s equivalent of a physical address. Where you would use a company’s street address to find their offices, a domain name is how you would find a company’s website.

Without a domain name, you would need to remember the specific IP address of the server you wish to visit. This could either be in an IPv4 format, or the newer IPv6 format, which look as follows:

  • IPv4 - 172.16.254.1
  • IPv6 - 2001:db8:0:1234:0:567:8:1

As you can see, it is much easier to remember www.thewebmaster.com than one of the IP addresses above.

A domain name consists of two main elements; the website’s name, and the domain name extension. Using our website as an example, thewebmaster is the website name, and .com is the domain name extension.

The www part is the subdomain. Historically, people used www to symbolise the World Wide Web. Today, people use a variety of subdomains, for example, the blog subdomain may host a companies blog, or staging may be used by developers to host a development version of your website.

If you need help choosing a domain name you can check out our in-depth guide here. It is good practice to purchase your domain at an experienced registrar, rather than with your hosting provider. We recommend either Namecheap or GoDaddy, and you can find detailed instructions on how to do this here.