I would think that domain is used for so many things, that this should be an disambig page. Just have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain and maybe we should in this stage move this page and make a general disambig page from it..... Kim van der Linde 09:55, 8 October 2007 (CDT)
- Domain name would be better. --Robert W King 10:41, 8 October 2007 (CDT)
- Ok, seems a nobrainer, done! Kim van der Linde 12:03, 8 October 2007 (CDT)
Copied from elsewhere
Most of this article is copied directly from other websites, including ICANN's. I have blanked it and archived the page below; you could strip out what actually is CZ material to start a new page. John Stephenson 23:20, 10 October 2007 (CDT)
A domain name is essentially a signpost on the Internet. Every website you've ever been to, and every email you've ever composed, has used a domain name in its address. Domain names provide a common, easily remembered "nickname" for an IP address. It's much easier to rememeber to type in "google.com" than it is to remember to type in 220.127.116.11 (one of the many IP addresses that correspond to Google servers).
Example domain names include citizendium.org, google.com, mail.yahoo.com, etc.
Once a domain name is registered to a person or company, it is that person's to use exclusively as long as they continue to pay the yearly renewal fee.
What's the difference between .com, .net, .org domain names?
Originally, the three letter extensions after the dot (or Top Level Domain/TLD) were meant to denote whether the domain name was being used for business (.com) charity/non-profit (.org) or for a technology based company (.net). However, with the explosion of the Internet (and specifically, the world wide web) as a new business medium, the lines were blurred, and companies and individuals alike started cross-registering domains (ie. Me.com, me.net, me.org) just to protect their interests. Now, .com, .net, and .org names (the generic Top Level Domains) can be used for any purpose.
When registering a domain name, why do I have to fill in my personal contact information?
ICANN is the international governing body for all domain names. ICANN requires every registrar to maintain a publicly accessible WHOIS directory displaying all contact information for all domain names registered. Therefore you are required to fill in your real contact information when registering a domain name. We will also use your email address as the primary contact information for important matters like renewing of the domain name. If you would like to protect your privacy and do not wish to disclose your personal contact information, you can consider using “Private Domain” service.