Domain Names

Domain Names - TLDs

Easily register all your Domain Names with White Internet Hosting

A domain name is your website name. Think of a domain name as an address where Internet users can access your website.  White Internet Hosting provides great value domain names.

Your domain name is you on the Internet so we advise selecting a domain with care. As a general rule, it has to be something easy to recall or should reflect your firm so that people can locate you easily online. With White Internet Hosting as your domain registration partner, you can select from 50+ domain extensions for your domain name – from the most popular .COM and .NET to country-specific TLDs, like .com.au and .CO.UK.

Read more about White Internet Hosting in the blog.

 


Who Manages Domain Names?

Domain names are all managed by domain registries, which delegate the reservation of domain names to registrars. Anyone who wants to create a website can register a domain name with a registrar, and there are currently over 300 million registered domain names.

What’s the difference between a domain name and a URL?

A Uniform Resource Locator (URL), sometimes called a web address, contains the domain name of a site as well as other information, including the transfer protocol and the path. For example, in the URL ‘https://whiteinternet.com/blog/’, ‘whiteinternet.com’ is the domain name, while ‘https’ is the protocol and ‘/blog/’ is the path to a specific page on the website.

Anatomy of a domain name

Domain names are typically broken up into two or three parts, each separated by a dot. When read right-to-left, the identifiers in domain names go from most general to most specific. The section to the right of the last dot in a domain name is the top-level domain (TLD). These include the ‘generic’ TLDs such as ‘.com’, ‘.net’, and ‘.org’, as well as country-specific TLDs like ‘.uk’ and ‘.au’.

To the left of the TLD is the second-level domain (2LD) and if there is anything to the left of the 2LD, it is called the third-level domain (3LD). Let’s look at a couple of examples:

For Google’s US domain name, ‘google.com’:

  • .com’ is the TLD (most general)
  • google’ is the 2LD (most specific)

But for Google AU domain name, ‘google.com.au’:

  • ’.au’ is the TLD (most general)
  • ’.com’ is the 2LD
  • ’google’ is the 3LD (most specific)