A domain name can be defined in many different ways, but the simplest explanation is that this specific name is the part of a network address that suggests that the name is part of a specific domain. This is a unique name that is created based on the rules, regulations, and procedures of the DNS (Domain Name System).

Domain names are utilized for the establishment of a unique identity on the Internet. Individuals and organizations are free to select a domain that matches their own names and their interests. In this way, they can help Internet users find and enter their websites easily. It is worth mentioning that domain names are frequently called domains while the domain name registrants are usually called domain owners.

The history of domain names is closely related to the introduction of the Domain Name System which was created to help the increased email communications via the ARPANET. Of course, the same DNS is now helping the Internet. After a while, the domain names were divided into four basic groups – top-level domains, second-level domains, third-level domains and country domains. But, have you ever wondered what the first registered domain name was?

Well, according to official records, the first domain name was Nordu.net which appeared January 1985. It served as the identifier of nic.nordu.net which was the first root server. However, the first registered domain name which has followed the official DNS registration process was Symbolics.com which was registered on March 15th, 1985. This was a commercial website created for a computer manufacturer from Massachusetts. However, this company doesn’t exist anymore. What is interesting is that the owner of this domain name remained the same for 25 years. For some reason, the now defunct company managed to keep this name at least until 2009 when it was purchased by XF.com Investments.

Another interesting fact about the first ever registered domain name was that the registration process was free. In fact, until 1995, any organization could register domains for free. Of course, this fact didn’t affect the interest in domain names. Today there are millions of websites on registered domain names. As a matter of fact, back in 2013, the last 4-letter .com-domain was sold.

The lack of domain names on top-level domains is compensated with the emergence of new types of domains that are introduced every year in the market.

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