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You might know that domain names are the addresses you type into your browser to visit particular websites. But what is a domain name, really?

A domain name is often confused with a URL, but there is an important difference.

What is a URL?

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator and refers to the entire address used to visit a website, including all those colons and slashes. This address includes the domain name.

The URL for the Waynes Web World website would be ‘http://www.wayneswebworld.com.au’. This contains the ‘hypertext transfer protocol’ (http), telling the browser that you are using a domain name instead of an IP Address. This is followed by the domain name itself www.wayneswebworld.com.au or  wayneswebworld.com.au  — both are valid). This points to the server where the website is hosted and the particular files on that server to be accessed.

What are top level and second level domain names?

Dot Com (.com) was the first domain type to be introduced and is considered a top level domain or TLD. Top level domains include any that contain only one suffix — for example; .net, .info, .biz and so on.

Second level domains or 2LDs are domain names containing another level after the .com or .co suffix. For example; .com.au is a second level domain style as it contains an additional suffix after the .com that shows the website originates in Australia.

Domains and email?

Email also relies on domain names to work. Once you have a domain name, it is short work to create your own email address of yourname@yourdomain.com.au. This has many advantages for branding and professional communications. Many people register domain names purely to have their own email address instead of relying on Hotmail, Gmail or any other generic service.