Understanding domains

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A domain, or a domain name, is the address (also called link, URL) that people use to visit your website. This address appears in the address bar of your web browser (for example, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari) and it looks like https://example.com

Example domain

See below a short list of common terms about domains and their and definitions.

Domain name
A domain name is the web address that people use to visit websites. The domain name appears in the address bar of a web browser and every domain is linked to a specific IP address.

A subdomain is an additional domain on your main domain and you see it with a prefix to your domain, like https://www.example.com or https://store.example.com.

IP address
An IP address is a unique string of numbers that specifies the location of a server or a device on the internet. Computers communicate with one another with the help of IP addresses.

Domain Name Systems (DNS) is a database where the domain names are stored. Every domain has its own DNS entry. This lets users to open websites without having to remember the IP addresses.

A record
An A record is a DNS setting that checks if a domain name has a specific IP address associated with it.
If you want to connect your domain to your Starter Site, check out our instructions.

CNAME record
A CNAME record is a DNS setting that points your subdomains like https://www.example.com to another domain name.

SSL certificate
An SSL certificate is a security protocol that creates a safe connection between a server and a browser to keep your and your customers’ information secure. All Ecwid stores have this certificate and they open via HTTPS, not HTTP. You can also add the certificate to your own site. See the details in our guide about HTTPS and SSL.

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