Internet domain name types

Internet domain names come in four main types -- top-level domains, second-level domains, third-level domains, and country domains.

Internet domain names are the alphanumeric identifiers we use to refer to hosts on the Internet, like "LivingInternet.com".

You can look up existing Internet domain names with the whois service, and get your own domain name from an accredited registrar.

There are four types of domains which are described below:

Top-level domains

Sometimes referred to as a top-level domain name (TLDN), is the last part of an Internet domain name; that is, the letters which follow the final dot of any domain name. For example, in the domain name www.example.com, the top-level domain is com.

Second-level domains

This is the middle part of an Internet domain name, and is the letters which appear before the final dot of any domain name. For example, in the domain name www.example.com, the second-level domain is example.com.

Third-level domains

This is the beginning of an Internet domain name, and is the letters which appear before the first dot. For example, in the domain name www.example.com, the third-level domain name is www.example.com.

Country domains

These are top-level domains held by every country in the world. For example, the domain name www.example.co.uk would be the top-level domain for the UK.

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