Domain Name Definitions

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Cybersquatting
— the act of registering domain names, especially those identical or confusingly similar to existing trademarks, with the intention of reselling them at an inflated price or otherwise profiting from them in bad faith.
Direct Navigation
— the act of typing a Web address into a browser’s address bar. While it typically leads to higher conversion rates, it also leads to typos and other user errors that are often capitalized on by cybersquatters.
Domain Name
— an alpha-numeric string separated by dots at each level; translates long IP numbers into easier-to-remember labels. It is the basis of websites, email, and other Internet related functions.
Domain Name Root
— the “host” part of a domain name or the portion of the
name that precedes an extension such as .com or .edu.
DNS (Domain Name System)
— a naming device that makes Internet addresses easier to remember by allowing a domain name to be used in place of a computer’s IP address, which is a long, complicated string of numbers.
Dropped Domain
— a previously registered domain name whose registration was allowed to lapse by the original owner, who refused or forgot to pay the renewal fee. A dropped domain returns to the “available” pool of domain names.
Expired Domain
— a domain name whose renewal date has passed, but which has not yet been dropped from the domain name system. Many people track “good” expired domains in the hope that they can register them when they drop.
Extension
— the final portion of a domain name beyond the “domain root” and sometimes following the final dot. At other times the extension follows the second-to-last dot when the “domain root” is followed by a second or third-level extension.
IP (Internet Protocol) Address
— the numeric identification number that refers to a specific machine on the Internet.
Lapse
— the process of removing a domain name and its corresponding record from the DNS.
Malware
— software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner’s informed consent. Refers to a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code, including spyware.
Parking
— temporary use of a mandatory name server offered by a domain registrar until the registrant purchases a hosting plan or points the DNS to a different site. Parking also refers to displaying sponsored links on sites in order to turn visits into cash when visitors choose to click the links.
Phishing
— a form of Internet fraud involving identity theft that aims to steal personal information such as credit card numbers or passwords by directing a user to a fake email message or website.
Registrant
— the legal owner of a domain name, bound by the terms and the conditions of the particular registry.
Registrar
— the retail interface working directly with domain name consumers (not to be confused with a registry, which operates as a kind of wholesaler).
Resolve
— the process by which a domain name is matched to its corresponding Internet protocol number.
URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
— to help locate information on the Web, the first part (such as http:// or ftp://) indicates which protocol to use; the following part specifies the IP address or the domain name where the resource is located.
Web Host
— company offering a service in which its server computer stores a website’s HTML files and graphics for a fee. The server allows a website to be viewed over the Internet.