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What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is basically the name of your website such as google.com or wikipedia.org or whois.info. These are all domain names which are registered by official registrars with various domain name authorities.

The domain name that you select basically consists of two parts:

  • Second level domain - The actual name of your website, e.g. mywebguider
  • Top level domain (TLD) - The 2 or 3 letter suffix at the end of the domain name, e.g. .com, .org,

The following example illustrates the difference between a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) and a domain name:

  • URL: http://www.example.net/index.html
  • Domain name: www.example.net
  • Registered domain name: example.net

Every domain name ends in a top-level domain (TLD) name, which is always either one of a small list of generic names (three or more characters), or a two-character territory code based on ISO-3166 (there are few exceptions and new codes are integrated case by case). Top-level domains are sometimes also called first-level domains.

Some of the generic top-level domain (gTLD) extensions are:

  • .com - commercial business
  • .info - information
  • .net - Network organizations
  • .biz - Business
  • .gov - Government agencies
  • .edu - Educational institutions
  • .org - Organizations (nonprofit)
  • .mil - Military
  • .sg - Singapore
  • .in - India
Important tools to start with your search for the perfect name.

With more then 96 Million dot com domain names registered, it becomes even harder to find a good domain name that matches a product, service, or website concept that is not already taken.

Here are some important tools which you can use to look for your perfect domain name.




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Domain Name Generators

Tool Description Type
Make Words A very good generator for Domain names

Free
Domaintools Domaintools powerful name-spinning technology can suggest up to 100 domain names using our proprietary semantic domain name technology.

Free
WHOIS WHOIS (pronounced "who is"; not an acronym) is a query/response protocol which is widely used for querying an official database in order to determine the owner of a domain name, an IP address, or an autonomous system number on the Internet.

Free
Nameboy free domain name generator, search and creation

Free
DNGenerator.com Domain Name Generator with Domain Name Finder to register domain names if expired domain names

Free
Domain name generator Intelligent random name generator that finds available domains and unique business names.

Free
Domain Name Generator Domain Name Generator will produce a list of possible domain name ideas based on the word or phrase you input.

Free
Namedroppers We provide a more efficient method for finding and generating domain names. Search for domain names using multiple keywords.

Free
Whoix? Domain Name Wizard

Free

Best Top Domain Name Registrar

The cheapest domain name registration (from a reputable provider) is currently hovering around $8 - $9 per year.

Tool Description Type
Spry Spry is an ICANN accredited domain registrar. Providing cheap hosting with frontpage, php , stats, ecommerce and domain names support. Affordable web hosting.

Commercial
Go Daddy Go Daddy is an Internet domain registrar and web hosting company, which also sells e-business related software and services.

Commercial
eNom eNom, Inc. is an ICANN-accredited [1] domain name registrar and Web hosting company that also sells other products closely tied to domain names, such as SSL certificates, e-mail services, and Website building software.

Commercial
Network Solutions Network Solutions, LLC is a technology company which was founded in 1979. The domain name registration business has become the most important division of the company. As of 2006, Network Solutions manages more than 7.6 million domain names.

Commercial
register.com By 2004 the company was managing over 3 million domain names and was listed by VeriSign as one of the top domain name registrars in the world.

Commercial
Name.com Name.com is an ICANN accredited domain registrar, offering more than 50 gTLD and ccTLD extensions and an aftermarket domain brokerage. Customers have over 500,000 domain names registered with the company. Name.com offers domain registrations with free Google Apps.

Commercial
ipowerweb The fifth largest Website Hosting Company worldwide. They offers Domain Registration, Web Site Hosting, VPS and Dedicated Servers, etc.

Commercial
Co.CC Get Free .Co.CC and .CC.CC Domain name No Ads

Free


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