A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name. – Wikipedia
The statement above clarifies what a domain name is. Popular examples are www.google.com and www.facebook.com. Now that you know what they are, you can also learn some interesting facts about domain names, as compiled by the guys at Openhost.
Simply memorize a few and you can stand tall among your peers or colleagues at work. Without any more fluff, let’s get to the meat of it as provided. Bear in mind some of the statistics change rapidly.
Did You Know?
- The very first domain name was registered on March 15, 1985 (thirty-three years ago as I write this) by Symbolics.com, a computer systems company from Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Domain names depend on the Domain Name System (DNS), invented by a certain Paul Mockapetris and Jonathan Bruce Postel.
- Apple.com was the 64th registered internet domain.
- You can add spice and pizazz to your domain names by going beyond text and using emoji domains. So, feel free to do something like www.😉.tld,♨️.com, 💩.la. To work, they must be converted to something called Punycode.
- The most expensive domain ever is LasVegas.com ($90, 000, 000). In second position is CarInsurance.com ($49, 700, 000). Domains have been famously called online real estate.
- Apple did not own apple.co.uk until 2012.
- Microsoft forgot to renew hotmail.co.uk on 2003.
- Trump was the trending keyword in .com and .net registrations in January 2017.
- The world record for the highest number of domains registered in a twenty-four hour period was set in April 2012 by Mike Mann, founder of several successful, active, and for-profit, corporations as Phone.com, DomainMarket.com, and SEO.com. He registered 14, 962 unique names. Don’t bet against this guy! When asked about his investment, he replied: “I’m just really greedy, I want to own the world.”
- While most registrars allow you to register domains for 1-10 years, you can register one for up to 100 years with a company called Network Solutions.
- .de domains expire before the expiration date.
- The Soviet Union may have been confined to history but you can relive some of that with a Soviet Union (.su) domain which you can still register today.
- You can add the .com domain extension to your domain name by simply typing Ctrl + Enter after the domain name. You save time and maybe, keyboard life.
- The .tv domain extension (ccTLD) is from the island country of Tuvalu.
- The .tm (Turkmenistan) ccTLD can be used as a trademark.
- The .dj extension used by disc jockeys (DJs) and other music entities comes from Djibouti, located in the horn of Africa.
- The longest gTLD (generic Top-Level Domain) is .northwesternmutual. Eighteen (18) solid characters.
- The most used ngTLD (non-generic Top-Level Domain) is .xyz. It costs a paltry $0.59, which might be a factor.
- You can register a free domain under some TLD’s. They include .tk, .cf, .ga, .ml, .cu, .cc, and a few others.
- The king of domains in terms of price is the .ng (Nigeria) ccTLD. Be ready to part with a whopping $40,000 per year.
- It took two years to register the first 100 domains. Today, the same number is registered every few milliseconds.
- The minimum length of the .com domain is 2 characters, but all possible combinations of the domains are taken. We’re sorry to be the ones to tell you this.
- Domain names were free to register until 1995.
- The body that manages the global domain name system is ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
- You are only allowed a combination of 63 (sixty-three) characters for a domain name.
- If you want a domain name that is a string of successive “A”s, you’ll not be able to. ALL such possible domains are registered already. Again, sorry to have to break it to you.
- Youtube.com was registered on Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2005). This caused problems for another company, Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment, whose Utube.com domain experienced such massive traffic that crashed its servers.
- Domain names are most commonly 11 characters long and most commonly start with the letter “S”, probably because of more words in English start with the letter “S”.
- Google.com was originally to be Googol.com. Well, what happened? Larry Page and Sean Anderson wanted to name the company Google.com. Googol stands for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. A spelling error while searching if ‘googol’ was available defined history as we have it today.
- Again, all 3-character domains are taken. Being easy and quick to recall, they had all been snapped up by 1997, across more TLD’s than just .com.
- Your name can be canceled if the information provided at registration is incorrect and registrar gets no reply from you within 15 days.
- GoDaddy remains the undisputed leader of new domain registrations with over 5 times what the nearest competitor does.
- 331.9 million domains were registered in the second quarter of 2017, a 0.8% increase over the first quarter.
- Domain registrations have been increasing by an astonishing 6.7 million (2.1%) year on year.
- ccTLD domain name registrations have steadily grown by 2.6% year over year.
- China ‘s .cn is the second largest top-level domain as of the second quarter of 2017.
- The largest free top-level domain is Tokelau’s .tk.
- You cannot register some words as a domain. They include Test, Invalid, Example, local, and localhost.
- Having multiple domain names for the same website will not necessarily improve search engine rankings.
- Google once lost its Google.com domain for one minute. In October 2015, a former Google employee and researcher, Sanmay Ved managed to buy Google.com. He bought it for a princely $12.
So, these were some interesting domain name facts that you enjoyed reading. If you know any new or old domain name facts then you can drop them in the comments section below.