If you’re interested in owning a website, you may have uncovered the term domain, and you probably have questions like, “what is a domain, and what is a domain used for?” In this blog, we’ll cover the basics of domain management to get you on the right track.
What Is A Domain?
A domain, or domain name, is the address associated with a website, or the name you type into the address bar to visit a website. For example, the domain name for Big Rig Xpress is bigrigxpress.com. A domain name is sometimes confused with a website host, which houses a website. To clarify with an analogy, a website host is like an apartment building and a domain name is the address of the apartment where the website lives. You will need both a website host and a domain name when creating a website.
Where Can I Buy a Domain Name?
Many website hosting platforms, like Bluehost, provide domain name services, but you can also register a domain name separately through a number of companies like domain.com and godaddy.com. Typically, a domain name will cost around $15 per year, but some hosting companies provide a free domain name with your hosting service.
What Is A Domain Name Extension?
There are several domain name extensions like .com, .net, .org, .io, and many more. The most popular and therefore recommended domain name extension is .com. Com is short for commercial, so it is the best choice if you are using a website to highlight a business.
More Domain Name Considerations
You may be wondering if you should buy more than just the primary domain name for your website. There are several reasons why this is a good idea, and not many to the contrary. One reason it’s a good idea is, typos. If the name of your business can be misspelled (and it can), you might consider buying more than one misspelled domain name so more people can find your business.
What Are Subdomains?
A subdomain is an address that is linked to your main domain name. For example, shop.domainname.com, or guest.domainname.com are both subdomains of the main domain name, domainname.com. Subdomains can be used to better organize your website content, like an online store, or for information that is meant for a specific group of people, like RV park guests. Creating a subdomain is pretty straightforward and can be completed through your domain registrar.
Domain Name Safety
Access to your domain name registrar account should be extremely limited because it is the core of your business’s online identity.
If you would like to know more about a domain name for your business website, our expert team at Big Rig Xpress is here to help. Get in touch with us today, we’d love to answer any questions.