Tuesday, 19 September 2017

All there is to know about Domain/domain-name - Importance in blogging

The Internet as a whole is built on the basic principle of domain, which means every web-page on the internet has its own unique domain. If you intend to own a blog/website you must have read somewhere that you cannot do so without a domain address, be it high level domain or sub-domain. In this post, I will be explaining the meaning of domain, domain name, sub-domain. In other to fully understand how the internet works, one has to fully understand how domain works and its important to websites/blogs. I will start by defining what a Domain is, there after give examples of high level domain.

WHAT IS A DOMAIN?

In simple terms, Domain is the general category that a computer on the internet belongs to. Domain is also a collection of DNS (Domain Name System/Services) consisting of a delegated domain name and all its sub-domain. In data processing, it is a form of technical metadata that represent the type of a data item, its characteristics, name and Usage. 

In networking, this is a logical grouping of users and resources; grouped together for ease of administration and security purpose. The most common high level domain are;

.com:    a commercial organization
.edu:    an education establishment
.gov:    a branch of a government of a country or state
.int:     an international organization
.mil:    a branch of the military
.net:     a network
.org:    a non-profit organization

Most countries have unique domains named after their international abbreviation. Example .NG for Nigeria, .UK for the United Kingdom, .CA for Canada… amongst others.

WHAT IS SUBDOMAIN?

In computing, a subdomain is a domain name that has been prefaced with additional parts. In another term, it is a domain name that is hosted on another domain. The most common top domain hosts are;

.blogspot.com:      For blogger websites
.wordpress.com:    For web pages hosted on wordpress platform
.joomla.com          For Joomla Websited

Although subdomain works in the same way as high level domain. It is however advisable for individuals or organizations to own their own high level domain, as it gives your business a professional Look and feel.

WHAT IS DOMAIN NAME? IMPORTANCE IN BLOGGING

Domain Name: The (easy-to-understand) name given to an Internet host computer, as opposed to the numerical IP address. Or, it is a unique, case-insensitive, name (consisting of a string made up of alphanumeric characters and dashes separated by periods), that the DNS maps to IP numbers and other information. Also, a domain name is an identifier of a computer or site on the internet.

Importance Of Having A domain Name

1.     It gives Your blog a professional look: It is said that first impression matters a lot. If you are still using a sub-domain address, people tend not to take you serious. And it also sends away potential advertisers.

2      2.    It makes your web address easy to remember: A custom domain name shortens the length of your address and thus makes it easy to memorize by blog users.

      3.     It gives you easy access to be approved by Ads Network: A custom domain name not only makes your blog address easy to remember, but also makes Ads networks (like google Ads, Propeller Ads, Bidvertiser, Infolinks, etc)  easily approve you. As most Ad network don’t approve blogs on subdomain.

That's all on domain, domain name and also the importance of owning a unique domain name for your brand. No doubt, a professional domain name has numerous benefits, ranging from the impression your brand leaves on potential customers and advertisers. For bloggers, it doesn’t matter the niche you blogging on, having a domain name is as essential as the blog itself.

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Meet David Ndubuisi, CEO at GyrationTech, tech blog where you learn for free, I spend my time surfing the net with the hope of finding new ways to make technology life easier for everyone. I also offer web design services.

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