Domain Names

Examples of domain namesThe TY Social Networking class continue to work on their blogs.  You can now view their blogs by going to the class blog. Each blog is listed under blogroll.

Now we need to look at purchasing a domain name for your site. At present, your blog is hosted on wordpress.com. You can see this in the URL of your blog e.g., the URL of the class blog is:

http://tysocialnetworking.wordpress.com

What if you want your web address to be http://www.tysocialnetworking.com or http://www.tysocialnetworking.ie?

To do this, you need to purchase a domain name. A domain name is nothing more than the Internet equivalent of a postal address or a telephone number. Every country has its own domain name.

The domain name for Ireland is .ie and the domain name for Germany is .de. You can see a list of all country domain names here.

Can you see which country’s domain is .tv?

The most popular domain is .com which means ‘commercial’ and is the most commonly used domain in the world. While anyone can register a .com domain, there are restrictions on who can register a .ie domain.

There are lots of domain name sellers on the web. An example of an Irish domain name seller is Blacknight. Go to their website and find the cost of a .com domain for one year. Now compare the cost of a .com to a .ie

If your domain name is not available, you can find out who owns it by doing a WHOIS search. Can you find out the owner of football365.com?

You can find out the owner of a .ie by going here.

Some people also make money from registering popular domain names and then selling them on.

As of 2004, according to Guinness World Records, the most expensive domain name sales on record were:

  • Business.com for $7.5 million in December 1999
  • AsSeenOnTv.com for $5.1 million in January 2000
  • Wine.com for $2.9 million in September 1999
  • CreditCards.com for $2.75 million in July 2004
  • Autos.com for $2.2 million in December 1999

But you cannot always  register any domain name you like. A famous case was madonna.com

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