What is a Domain Name?
A unique identifier… the electronic address of your web site.
A domain name is a unique identifier which allows you to be accessible virtually all over the world and which reinforces your identity on the Internet. It is composed of a name (the domain name in itself, example: "gevers" in www.gevers.eu) and a Top Level Domain (TLD) extension (example: ".eu" in www.gevers.eu). The TLD can either refer to geographical (.BE, .NL, .LU, .FR, .CN …), regional (.EU, .ASIA) or generic criteria (.COM for commerce, .NET for Internet services, .BIZ for business, .ORG for organisations …).
A domain name can consist of a series of letters from a to z and/or of numbers from 0 to 9, as well as hyphens. The minimum allowable number of characters is two and the maximum is 63. Recently, special characters (for example: á, à, é, è, ø, å, &, ñ, ç) have been introduced through the IDN (Internationalized Domain Names) for some TLDs. The domain name can be used for the name of your website dedicated to promote your products and services (e.g., www.gevers.eu) and/or to create e-mail addresses (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org).
Who can apply?
In most countries, a domain name can be applied for by:
- a natural person (an individual)
- a corporate entity
- a combination of multiple natural persons and/or corporate entities.
Factsheet Domain Name EN.pdf