What is a domain name?

Last updated on 28 Sep 2023, 10:31:48.
Category: All about domain names

registratie domain names

The Internet connects desktop computers, portables, servers and other hardware by using unique numbers. These 'IP' addresses make sure your data go from point 'A' to 'B' and arrive at the correct destination by 'routing'.
The popular search engine Google cen be reached at IP address is hard to remember, hence the usage of the domain name 'google.be'.

Your website is also available by using an IP address. This is not really convenient and user friendly. That's why 'Domain Name Servers' (DNS) were introduced. These DNS servers connect names to IP addresses. This name is better known as a 'domain name'.
As a company, consumer or organisation you may 'register' a domain name. You rent the usage of the domain name for a period of one year.

Does this mean you 'own' the domain name? No, domain names are freely available to everyone and can only be addressed to a specific person or company if this is provable by the International Trademark database and the necessary legal steps.

A domain name consists of two parts: the name (e.g. Kinamo) and the top level domain (TLD), in our case '.net'.
There are dozens of extensions: .fr, .nl, .com, etc.
If you register your domain name you may get the warning that the domain name is already in use. A domain name is unique!

Related articles

Order an SSL certificate? What is an SSL certificate?

You need to order an SSL certificate? But what is an SSL certificate? And why is everyone saying that it...

Read more

SHA1, SHA2 and SHA256 SSL algorithms

SHA is a mathematical algorithm used in SSL encryption to verify the validity of the certificate's signature. Different iterations of...

Read more

Why do I see a yellow warning triangle on an HTTPS secured website?

The yellow warning triangle you may see when visiting a webpage that's secured with SSL, is an indication that Google...

Read more

Need extra help?

Were not all your questions answered?
Don't worry, we will be happy to help you via a support request!

Select your language

All languages: