What is a domain name?

A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are used to identify one or more IP addresses, and there were created to make Internet Protocol (IP) addresses more human-friendly. You get your website's IP address from the server hosting it, but if you want your clients to be able to find your website easily, you must register a unique domain name to map to the IP address. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the organization in charge of domain name registration policy. They accredit third parties, called registry and registrars, to offer registration services to the public. I-sys Inc. (Pty) Ltd T/A bwdomains is one of many registrars on the market, and by far the only registrar providing online registration services for .bw in Botswana.

Every domain name has a suffix that indicates which top level domain (TLD) it belongs to. There are only a limited number of such domains. For example:
  • .gov - Government agencies
  • .edu - Educational institutions
  • .org - Organizations (nonprofit)
  • .mil - Military
  • .com - commercial business
  • .net - Network organizations
  • .bw - Botswana
  • .za - South Africa
  • You can check availability of the name you want here https://bwdomains.co.bw, choose the registration term of any available name, and make the purchase all in the same spot. The minimum registration term is one year, but you can register for a longer term (up to 10 years) if you don't want to bother with annual renewal.
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