A Few Details on Domains
It's where every internet story starts.
So let's start with a few basics.
Domain names are the way we organize, navigate and understand the web. Without domain names, URLs would be a series of numbers, or IP addresses, that would be difficult to remember. However, a domain name gives us an address that is easier to recall. A domain name is key to doing just about anything on the internet, from setting up a website, to sending and receiving email, to building an online store. Verisign enables companies -- big and small -- to increase their online visibility, expand their businesses into new markets and promote their brand, connecting more than 142.2 million .com and .net domain names and resolving more than 143 billion queries daily without fail. Discover below how a domain is essential to what we do online.
The Anatomy of a Domain Name
It may look like just a single internet address, but there are a few important parts.
Let’s start with what is known as the second-level domain.
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The process of registering and using a domain involves a number of important stakeholders. Knowing who those people are, and what they do, helps you understand not only how the internet works, but also how to register and use a domain name of your own.
Let's Meet the Participants.
A domain registrant is the individual, company or organization that holds the rights to use a particular domain for a set period of time. The registrant, or user, decides how to use the domain name within the terms of service. This can include websites, mail servers, applications, etc.
A “registrar” is a company that is accredited by the internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The registrar provides direct services to domain name registrants. They help find, manage and then send the necessary domain name information to a registry. There are approximately 2,000 registrars that provide services to registrants or users around the world.
The reason you can’t register a domain name through Verisign is that we aren’t a registrar—we are actually a registry.
Domain registry operators maintain and operate the infrastructure that makes it possible to convert IP addresses to domain names. A registry receives domain name system (DNS) information from domain name registrars, inserts that information into a centralized database and distributes the information via internet zone files so that domain names can be found by users around the world. Verisign is a domain registry and has managed the registries for .com and .net with 100% uninterrupted availability for more than 19 years.
Have you ever thought about what makes the internet actually work? Well, here it is.
Query resolution. Sounds kind of complicated, right?
Well, it is a little bit. But not when you have a handy diagram to break it down for you.
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You type a web address into your browser. (This generates a “DNS query.”)
Your query transmits to an authoritative name server that matches it up with the IP address and directs it to its destination. (This is called “resolution.”)
Your website resolves without you having to remember the IP address.
The right domain can build a brand, start a community or change the world.
Now that you know a little more about how domains work, let's look at what makes each Verisign-managed TLD unique and what could make it a great fit for you.
The Standard for Doing Business Online
.com is the domain with a credible and trusted online identity. It provides instant recognition and is the key to helping your business thrive. Nothing says business like .com.
Who's it Great For?
The .com domain is for growing and established business. With a .com, your business will be easier to find and appear even more professional, helping ensure that you're in it for the long run.
The Whole Story
The internet has defined the way we think about the world. And now it's defining the way we think about our future. Verisign has helped to build, protect and advance the internet at nearly every stage of its development.
Verisign is enabling new customized gTLDS that allow organizations, companies and communities to own their own top-level domain space.
As part of the protocol that Verisign has developed and championed, the internet has expanded from being able to support 4.3 million IP addresses
TO 340 UNDECILLION. (Is that number even real? Yep.)1
AND THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING
Domain names are the way we organize, navigate and understand the Web. Without domain names, URLs would be a series of numbers, or IP addresses, that would be difficult to remember. However, a domain name gives us an address that is easier to recall.
A domain name is key to doing just about anything on the Internet, from setting up a website, to sending and receiving email, to building an online store. Verisign enables companies -- big and small -- to increase their online visibility, expand their businesses into new markets and promote their brand, connecting more than 133 million .com and .net domain names and resolving more than 119 billion queries daily without fail. Discover below how a domain is essential to what we do online. Get the full story on domain names.