Domain Name Glossary

If you are thinking of getting started with your online business then there are many jargon and lingo associated while coming across the domain name. This being technology driven industry sometimes you will just have to understand and be well equintent with the highly technical terms while dealing. Here we have compiled a glossary that will help you understand the meaning of the terminologies definitions.

A Record: This helps in pointing a domain to a specific IP Address.

ccTLD: It stands for the country code top-level domain for example .in. These extensions are mostly of two characters.

Cybersquatting: It is the practice of registering names, especially well-known company or brand names, as Internet domains, in the hope of reselling them at a profit.

DNS: It stands for domain name server, the system that automatically translates Internet addresses to the numeric machine addresses that computers use.

Dropped Domain: It is a domain not renewed by the owner that is scheduled for deletion from the registry is a dropping domain. Once a domain is dropped from the registry, anyone can buy it, such as through a backorder or drop catching service.

Expiration: The date on which the registration period for a name ends.

Extension: The last two or three letters of the domain name. This signifies the registry it is associated with.

Flipping: Domain flipping is the process of purchasing a domain name with the intent of quickly selling it at a significantly higher cost. It may involve developing the basic website or just selling as it is.

Grace period: It refers to the period during which a registrant can renew a domain name after the domain is expired and before it becomes available to register by other.

gTLD: Generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are one of the categories of top-level domains (TLDs) maintained by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) for use in the Domain Name System of the Internet. A top-level domain is the last level of every fully qualified domain name.

Stands for generic Top Level Domain – gTLD’s include .com, .net, .org

ICANN: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. It is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces and numerical spaces of the Internet, ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation.

IP address: An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label assigned to each device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. An IP address serves two principal functions: host or network interface identification and location addressing.

Nameserver: It is a server on the internet specialized in handling queries regarding the location of a domain name’s various services. Nameservers are a fundamental part of the Domain Name System (DNS). They allow using domains instead of IP addresses.

Parking: Domain parking refers to the registration of an internet domain name without that domain being associated with any services such as e-mail or a website. This may have been done to reserving the domain name for future development, and to protect against the possibility of cybersquatting.

Registrant: The person or party with control over a domain name and is listed as such on the name’s record.

Registrar: An accredited organization/business that provides domain registration services to the public.

Registry: A domain name registry is a database of all domain names and the associated registrant information in the top level domains of the Domain Name System (DNS) of the Internet that allow third-party entities to request administrative control of a domain name.

Sub Domain: A subdomain is a domain that is a part of a larger domain under the Domain Name System (DNS) hierarchy. It is used as an easy way to create a more memorable Web address for specific or unique content with a website.

TLD: A top-level domain (TLD) is the last segment of the domain name. The TLD is the letters immediately following the final dot in an Internet address.

URL: A Uniform Resource Locator – the address of a specific web page.

WHOIS: WHOIS is a query and response protocol that is widely used for querying databases that store the registered users or assignees of an Internet resource, such as a domain name, an IP address block or an autonomous system, but is also used for a wider range of other information.

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