Posted by Guildford Web Services on 21/August/2019
This is the forth in a five part series called Web Basics.
Us humans hate long string of numbers, so to get around this, we have domain names.
A domain name points to an IP address, which as we pointed out earlier is like a phone number for a website. So, in this instance, the domain name is the websites house address. Going back to our previous example, this means that 81.143,220.217 points to dev.tjay.me.uk.
Every domain name has a suffix, if we take ‘Google’ as an example, Google has a ‘.com’, ‘.co.uk’ and so forth, some of these are countries, others have different uses, such as.com – commercial .org. – societies, charities .de, .nl – county specific
For more examples – please see Wikipedia.
You need to register a domain name before you can use it. This needs to point to a webserver, and this must be done via DNS, which we will cover in our next post!