Appendix A. DNS Registration and Governance

In order to use a domain name, it must be registered. Where and how it is registered depends on the top-level domain (TLD). For instance, in example.com, .com is the TLD. To those of a particular disposition, the topic of DNS governance (who controls what) is always endlessly fascinating, but under certain circumstances, it can provide essential background. The following information may be useful when registering or planning to register domain names and is presented in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

  1. What is a domain name?

  2. What is a TLD (or gTLD or ccTLD or sTLD) domain name?

  3. Who is responsible for domain names?

  4. What TLDs are available?

  5. I thought www.example.com was my domain name.

  6. What is a ...

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