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What is a Domain?

FUN FACT: There are about 360 million registered domains as of today. So, good luck finding the exact one that you want.

What is a Domain Name?

When thinking of websites, we like to think of neighborhoods. All of the houses you see are different websites in the neighborhood (the web). Each house has it’s own address. Well, that address is your domain. 

We call domains different things all the time, like web address, URL, domain name, etc. It’s usually the thing you type in your web browser’s address bar that ends in a .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov…you get it. But there’s more to it.


Breaking Down a Domain

We’re all familiar with the domain that looks like, but what does it all mean?



The www is called the subdomain, and is always before the domain name. The subdomain is not always www. A lot of times you may see subdomains like store, secure, mail, etc.


Second Level Domain

The second level domain is the main part of the domain, and what is usually different from the majority of other domains on the internet.


Top-Level Domain

Top-level domains, aka extensions are normally the last part of the domain. They are the .com, .org, .gov, etc. The combination of the top-level and second level domains create the root domain.

We suggest that you try to use a .com whenever possible. Trust us, when you tell someone your website address, they are going to put the .com regardless of what you tell them. Also, when people are searching for a website, they tend to enter the .com without even knowing if it exists or not.

Where Can I Get a Domain?

There are a ton of places where you can purchase a domain. We will list our favorite ones below…


All Hover does is domains. No extra stuff to confuse (besides email services). 


They are true to their name. As expected, renewal rates are higher than your initial investment. However, we can’t find a registrar with better pricing than Namecheap.

Google Domains

Of course Google offers the ability to purchase domains. Also, their site is very simple to navigate, and who doesn’t like a website that is user-friendly.


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