Have you ever wondered! what is a domain name? Also why you even need one? Don't worry we are here to answer all sorts of questions related around domain name.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is nothing but a string of text that maps to an IP address on the internet which is directly associated with one of your favorite website on the internet. In simple words a domain name is the text that you type into your browser to reach a particular website like 'google.com' or 'amazon.com'.
Why we use domain name?
Everything on Internet is IP address which means everything you access on internet is tied up with an IP address. For example you can also access google.com using ip address 126.96.36.199 as well. But just imagine, if you would have to remember the ip addresses of all your favorite shopping websites and blogs; it would be really difficult do that right? Yes indeed!
That's where domain name come into rescue, a domain name attaches with ip address and you can access the relative IP address using domain name instead of IP address, which is very easy to remember and type.
How Domain name actually works?
To understand how domain name actually work, we will have to take a look at what happens when you enter it in your browser.
So when you enter a domain name like 1minuteweb.com in your browser, it first send a request to global network of servers that forms DNS (Domain Name System).
These name servers are computers managed by your hosting company. Your hosting company will forward your request to the computer where your website is stored.
This computer is called a web server. It has special software installed (Apache, Nginx are two popular web server software). The web server now fetches the web page and pieces of information associated with it.
Finally, it then sends this data back to the browser.
Who manages domain names?
Domain names are all managed by domain registries, which delegate the reservation of domain names to registrars. Anyone who wants to create a website can register a domain name with a registrar, and there are currently over 300 million registered domain names.
Hope this article was helpful to you and it helped you to understand the use and significance of domain name on the internet.