by Michael Duff, Founder
The Domain name is the web address. One of mine is www.duffweb.com. It’s where people go to find your site, like a phone number. Except if you mis-type a domain name you don’t get a non-English speaking person answering a website. Am I the only one to notice that most of the wrong numbers I call get answered by someone who barely speaks English? I think it’s funny. Anyway, you register your domain name at a web registrar like Network Solutions, GoDaddy or any number of others (and there are LOTS of them). This costs anywhere between $8 and $35 a year, depending on who you register it with and for how long. If you forget to renew your domain name, your website will go “off the air.” Sort of like not paying your phone bill!
A domain name is sometimes called a URL. URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator or Universal Resource Locator depending on who you ask. When someone asks you for the URL, they don’t want just the domain but the full web address, like the one for this page:
What you see in this example breaks down as:
This is called the “protocol.” Protocol is basically some code to give the browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.) a heads-up to the type of information that’s about to hit it. Many browsers don’t even show this anymore since it’s pretty-much a given.