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Blogging Basics: What Is A Domain Name?

Published on: Thursday, 2 April 2020 ✦ Updated on: 2020-04-26T06:10:07Z

what is a domain name

It could be that you have just stumbled upon this whole, "blogging" thing recently or you've known about it for a little while yet never really thought of getting into it until now.

So, you quickly Google, "How To Start A Blog", and suddenly you see a lot of information being thrown at you, words you've never heard before or you have heard before but don't know what they mean and you just don't want to look like a complete newbie and never asked anyone to help you out.

Don't worry, I'm here to explain everything there is to 'starting a blog' and the blogging basics you should know about before you start blogging. In fact, my aim is to help people like you, to make blogging more accessible to those who are on a budget, or those who just want to get started but don't know how to do it.

I'm here to hold your hand and guide you through it all.

what is a domain name blogging basics

Today we are answering any and all questions you may have about the words "domain name".  How people use it, what is the use of a domain name and more.

What is a domain name?

A domain name is like your address on the world wide web. Let's compare you blog to a house, when you would want someone to visit your house, you'll give them your address, right?

Similarly, if your blog is your house and you want someone to visit you will need an address. This address is called domain name.

A domain name can be anything, numbers and characters, however they cannot have spaces between them.

As simple as that. For someone to be able to find your website and/or blog online you will need to give them your address which is called a domain name.

Kinds Of Domain Name

For the purpose of this blog post I will not go into the technicalities as you don't need to know those.

But I do want you to know the difference between a domain name and a subdomain. As this will be handy in your blogging adventures.

You will mostly see two kinds of domain names on the Internet:

  • (yourdomain[.]com)
  • (subdomain[.]yourdomain[.]com)

As expected, the first one is just the name of your domain, the second one is called a subdomain. It is part of my domain name, think of the relationship as a parent and child. Domain being the parent and subdomain being the child.

Under any given domain name you can have as many unique subdomains as you want. 

Premium And Free Domain Names

Now that you know what a domain name is, and what are the two most common types , it's time you learn about paid and free domain names.

Usually domain names are paid, this is why most people use the term, "custom domain name". This just means that you have purchased your domain name from a domain name registrar (a company that sells domain names). 

These will cost anywhere from $12-$25 (or more) depending upon who you are purchasing from. 

Free domain names on the other hand come from from free blogging platforms. When you use a free blogging platform, for example Blogger, WordPress, and Wix you will notice that your domain name will be subdomain[.]blogspot[.]com or subdomain[.]wordpress[.]com these are as you may have released, subdomains of the parent domain of Blogger, WordPress or Wix

If you choose to remain on a free domain, it is completed okay. But if you're wanting to brand your blog I would suggest you opt for a premium domain name.

Where can I buy my domain name from?

Depending on your blogging platform, you can buy your domain name from a registrar for example Godaddy. Or through your blog host itself. 

What are my recommendations?

I usually recommend buying directly from your blog host (the company you use to host your blog). But if you would like to buy your domain name from a third-party provider then I like Godaddy simply because of their customer service. 

But on a general level I prefer buying the domain from your blogging platform of choice

I hope this blog post has helped bring clarity to your concept of a domain name, it's important to understand these concept so you can save both money and time along with avoiding any confusions later on.

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