Take a look at the anatomy of this URL to better understand how they direct online users to specific information: = protocol coolexample = domain name =TLD /funky/= path /funky/ = directory /= file name Nameservers are the Internet's equivalent to phone books.
A nameserver maintains a directory of domain names that match certain IP addresses (computers).
A domain name, like is a lot like a street address for a house or business. The street address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is an exact location — like an IP address.
You might not know the exact street address, but when you visit Washington, D.
Most registrars allow a grace period that can be as short as one or two weeks or as long as a year for registrants to renew expired domain names.