Web Hosting Glossary


A generic top level domain



.com represents the largest domain on the Internet, intended to designate commercial entities. Generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) got their start in 1985. Seven gTLDs were originally created by ICANN, and include .com, .edu, .gov, .int, .mil, .net, and .org. Domain names may be registered in three of these (.com, .net, and .org) without restriction; the other four have limited purposes.

Top Level Domains with two letters have already been established for over 240 countries and are sometimes refered to as a country-code TLDs or "ccTLDs". In order for a person or a company to have a .com address, they must first register their domain name with a domain registrar company such as register.com, or networksolutions.com.

Once a domain name of choice has been secured, in order for a website to function, some space on a server must be arranged. That is the promary function of a web hosting company. With a server, or web server hosting contract in place, the IP address of the server is then tied to the Domain Name, allowing web users to type in the .com address to view what is in place on the server.

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