What Is A Domain Name?

In this tutorial we’re going to look at the relationship between domain names and website addresses.

First of all, what is a domain name?

Domain names are made up of 2 parts, the domain name and the domain name extension.

To help us understand the role domain names play, let’s take a look at a website address: www.website.com

The universal ‘www dot’ prefix represents the World Wide Web. This is followed by ‘website’ (the domain name) and ‘ dot com’ (the domain name extension).

Together these 3 elements form the website address, otherwise known as a URL.

Typing a URL into your web browser allows you to view the website to which the address belongs.

A URL will appear in your web browser address bar whenever you are connecting, or connected, to a website.

Top tip: website addresses can often look quite complicated. This is because ‘www.website.com’ is only an address where web files are stored. So when you see an address like ‘www.website.com/news’, ‘www.website.com’ has a file or folder called ‘news’ stored on it.

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