What is a domain name?

A domain name is unique name of your website. To simplify the domain name is the address that you enter in your web browser address bar to open any website which is also known as Uniform Resource Locator (URL) . A domain name is used for finding and identifying computers on the Internet, but computers use IP addresses with series of number like and it is difficult for humans to remember the numbers. So domain names were developed and used to identify address on the Internet rather than using IP addresses.

A domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers without any space and special characters and it can be used in combination of the various domain name extensions, such as .com, .net, .org and more.

Does domain name are free?

The answer can be both yes and no. Because you can get both free or paid domain name. Then what is the difference between free and paid domain name?

There are various website builders like WIX, Weebly, WordPress, Squarespace etc who provides free domain name. It will be wrong if I say they provides free domain name actually they provides sub-domains. Now what is a sub domain?

Sub-domain is the name followed by a primary domain name. For example a2zwebhelp.wordpress.com. Here wordpress.com is the primary or main domain that provides me a sub-domain a2zwebhelp. So when any visitor enters a2zwebhelp.wordpress.com in web browser address bar it will open my website not wordpress.com.

Paid domain names are the primary domains or the main domain. Like a2zwebhelp.com

Where can I buy a domain name?

There are lots of domain name registration/ provider available word wide. You can buy any available domain name online using your credit card, debit card, bank account form providers like Bluehost, Godaddy etc.

Please note Domain name registration is not for life time it always has a time span of 1year, 2 years or 5years like that. And after that period you need to renew the domain name. If you didn’t renew the domain in time then your will lose the domain name and visitor can’t view your web site anymore.

How to check the name is available or not?

Whois is an Internet database that contains all information about any domain names, including the ownership  of the domain name, hosting provider, the domain registrar, registrant and the domain’s Administrative and Technical contacts. By performing a WHOIS search, you can find out when and by whom a domain was registered and when it is suppose to expires and more.