What is a domain name and where does it come from? We seem to automatically take domain names for granted. Yet in 1985 there were only six domain names.
For people born in the early 90s and before, many had not even heard of a domain name until the mid-90s, when the Internet started to explode. However, today there are more than 265 million domain names. Every website must have a domain name.
Why, however? What if it wasn’t an obligation? I don’t know if we can change things from where they are now. It would certainly be a futile exercise. However, would you like to find out about the first .com domain? It is Symbolics.com, created by Symbolics Inc. on March 15, 1985. It is a computer manufacturer from Massachusetts. The company remained under the same owner until its takeover in 2009 by XF.com Investments. The site now looks like a sort of museum.
Although, for those who lived in 1985, has anyone thought of a domain name? Nope. People thought of Atari, McDonald’s, New Wave music, malls and neon lights. People would have thought you were from outer space if you even mentioned the word domain name back then. This is not the case today. Most people over the age of 10 know exactly what a domain name is.
Oh, and it used to be free. It was in 1995 that domain registration began to pay. It was at this point that the National Science Foundation authorized technology consultancy Network Solutions to charge for the recording. The price was $ 100 for a two-year recording.
Why was the domain name even deployed?
In the 1980s, the Domain Name System (DNS) was designed because its predecessor, the HOSTS.TXT system, was under technical and operational constraints, to say the least. When the internet first came into being, it was known as ARPANET. This was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which was formerly known as ARPA.
So, for the first decade of ARPANET, the HOSTS.TXT table file served as a directory. We all need a phone book to tell us where to go, right? In addition, the HOSTS.TXT file must be frequently updated in order to keep the information current. It was also copied and stored in each computer connected to the ARPANET. Each line of HOSTS.TXT contained information such as network address, system manufacturer and model number, supported protocols, and operating system.
As more and more computers joined ARPANET, updating the HOSTS.TXT file took much longer. Then more opportunities for mistakes and failures began to appear. He just couldn’t evolve. A more practical and efficient way to refer to IP addresses was necessary. And, DNS was born.
How long did the full conversion take
As with any other new implementation, the issue was deployment. The decision to move on DNS was completed in September 1984. Yet the full conversion did not take place until 1987. And, to think, most people didn’t even start using the Internet until 1995. The delay in full deployment was partly due to name conflicts. Debugging the DNS also took longer than expected. The other problem was the lack of motivation in implementing and installing DNS.
It also took a long time to modernize DNS in older operating systems that were not actively maintained. So, there is an argument that the sooner you implement your idea, the better. Who, has valuable arguments to support this idea. Yet how many domain names from the 1990s are still in business? I mean, aside from the giants like Coca-Cola, IBM, Nike, Microsoft and others? A lot of domain names have gone up and down, but as you will see in our next section, there is a lot of money to be made.
If you’re a squirrel, domain names are nuts
Since we know that millions of domain names have already been registered, is there any money left in it? Sure! Are you kidding me? Absoutely! You can never tell when something will be hot or viral. Has anyone ever expected the Kardashians to be the biggest reality stars in the world? No! So you can’t say that domain name money is long gone because that couldn’t be further from the truth. Here is an example, Hanes spent $ 30,000 to purchase T-Shirts.store.
Then there is Visual Dynamics which bought the 3D software. for six figures, while Autism.rocks received $ 100,000. Not to mention that it is not uncommon to spend six digits and more on an extension. Did you know that WordPress paid $ 19 million for the rights to .BLOG? Yes, scary $ 19 million! If you wanted to buy the domain name joe.com, you would need a wallet the size of Texas. However, this is not all. Google paid $ 25 million for .APP. Amazon paid $ 10 million for .BOOK.
And, Verisign paid $ 135 million for the .WEB. I mean, wow! If you can predict the president’s name 20 years from now and have the rights to that name – in an area like Keith McCullough – you can easily make six digits or more to sell it. Think about it!
Domain names have come a long way, and they still have a long way to go. The most exciting part is choosing your domain name. The next most exciting part is watching the money roll in.
As a professional writer and editor for 7 years, Katrina Manning has written thousands of commercial articles under her name and as a ghostwriter. In addition, she has written and published two books, “Marmalade’s Exciting Tail” and “Lupus Obscurus”, both available on Amazon.com. Follow Katrina on Twitter @kcinnaroll