What Is A Domain Name & Why Do I Need One?



A domain name is a unique name assigned to a website.
It might be helpful to think of a Domain Name Registration like an entry in a phone book.

You could also think of a “SprawlMart Greeter". The Greeter knows where everything is and can point a customer to what they are looking for.

In this sense the "SprawlMart Greeter" is the DNS (Domain Name Server), pointing a potential customer to your website domain.

Bottom Line - If you want your small business website to get found on the Internet you need to have at least one Domain name.


NEXT: Domain Names - Do I Need More Than One


Optional Technical Explanation

Your Domain name is a directory listing that exists on a DNS (Domain Name Server) connected to the Internet. The DNS Server points to the specific set of Web DNS Servers that know which WebServer your Website is stored on.


Websites 4 Small Business.ca is registered at Go Daddy.

  1. The (DNS) Servers at Go Daddy contain 2 records, ns1. websites for smallbusiness .ca & ns2. websites for smallbusiness .ca that point to a (Web DNS) Server pair.
  2. The DNS Server pair have a single record that points to the location of the actual Webserver for WebSites 4 Small Business.ca.
  3. The Webserver contains the Website software and also makes a connection to a database.
  4. A MySQL Database Server contains that actual content of the website and delivers it, on demand, to the Webserver.

Actual whois trace:

whois websites4smallbusiness.ca
Domain name: websites4smallbusiness.ca
Domain status: registered
Creation date: 2013/06/13
Expiry date: 2016/06/13
Updated date: 2015/07/28
Name: Go Daddy Domains Canada, Inc
Number: 2316042
Name servers:
% WHOIS look-up made at 2015-11-16 11:37:35 (GMT)
% Use of CIRA's WHOIS service is governed by the Terms of Use in its Legal
% Notice, available at https://www.cira.ca/legal-notice/?lang=en
% (c) 2014 Canadian Internet Registration Authority, (https://www.cira.ca/ )




en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Domain_name
en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ File: Domain_ name_ space.svg
en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ ICANN
en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Generic _top-level_domain
en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Country_code _top- level_domain
en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ List_of_Internet _top-level_ domains# Country_code_ top-level_ domains


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