What is a Domain Name
The internet is a network of computers which are connected and capable of communicating with each other using a network protocol called TCP/IP. In order for the machines to identify themselves, they are assigned a numeric value called an IP address (ex: 188.8.131.52). As it is not possible to remember all those numbers for all the different sites, the concept of domain names was
introduced. A domain name is a human readable and memorable representation of an IP address. When someone types in a domain name like Taonadesigns.com, the browser communicates with a root domain name server that acts as a dictionary and provides the appropriate IP.
What's in a Domain Name
A domain name consists of two parts: a top-level domain (TLD) and a second-level domain (SLD). In the domain name Taonadesigns.com, the TLD is .com and the SLD is taonadesigns.com The https is not part of the domain name; rather, it is the protocol and a part of the entire web address, called a URL. So, when you choose your domain name, you are only concerned with the TLD and SLD. The SLD is where your creativity and originality comes in. You may choose any name you like, as long as it does not infringe upon someone else's trademark. You may only use alphanumeric characters and hyphens, though hyphens can not be used adjacently. Symbols and blank spaces are also not permitted in domain names.
How to Register a Domain Name
To register a new domain name you will need a Taonadesigns Hosting Account. Once logged in to
your Hosting Account, there will be two different ways to register a domain
From the Register Sub-Tab
From the Domains Page
Additional Information for Registrants
Registrant Educational Information
Registrants’ Benefits and Responsibilities