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Some Vocabulary around Domain Names

A Records

A Records allow you to point a domain name or subdomain to an IP address. The "A Record" is what you need to edit in order to use an external domain name with a SimDif Pro site for example.

CNAME

CNAME registration or Canonical NAME, allows you to set up an alias, a specific version of a name to point to another domain name. It is something you set up in the settings of your Domain Name.

Technically it is a type of resource record in the Domain Name System (DNS) that maps one domain name (an alias) to another (the canonical name).

Domain Name

The first thing we know about a Domain Name, it is as the address of a website. When you register your own Domain Name you are reserving a specific address for your site that you will be the only one to use.

More technically the term "Domain names" is used in various networking contexts and for application-specific naming and addressing purposes. In general, a domain name identifies a network domain, or it represents an Internet Protocol (IP) resource

DNS (Domain Name System)

DNS is a service that acts a bit like a phone book that links any Domain name to the IP address of the server it is hosted on.
They are duplicated around the world on many servers. It can take up to a few hours to fully update a change made to a DNS.

Domain Name Registration

A Domain name registration is actually the reservation of a name for a certain number of years. You can not buy a domain name for ever. The Registration of a Domain Name has to be renewed to be able to keep using it on the Internet.

Domain Name Registrar

A registrar is an organization reselling the reservation of domain names on the Internet. Since November 30, 1999, this form of business has been under the supervision of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
yorname.com, for example is SimDif's dedicated Registrar. We work in collaboration with ovh.com to bring you a simplified experience of the registration and management of your Domain Name.

Host

A website host, or website hosting, is a service that stores files on a server and makes them available on the internet.
SimDif's high quality dedicated servers, for example, are hosted in the data centers of OVH, the most important hosting facilities in Europe, under French regulations.

Subdomain

A subdomain is a way to zone different sections of a site. It can be used for a specific purpose of the parent site, or to create a separate and independent website.

Top-Level Domain

Top-Level Domain (TLD) refers to the ending of most domain names.
You have heard about .com, .net, .org, ...Today, there are over 1500 TLDs.

In "simdif.com", "simdif" is the domain name, and ".com" is the TLD.
You can have your own .com if you like,

We advise you to try to use one of the main TLDs, like .com or .net. But if you feel it necessary, some TLDs designate a country or region. For example, ".co.uk", ".eu" or ".br" ...  
More exotic TLDs, if you find a very short, memorable name to go with them, can be used, for example, “.info”, “.mobi”, ".site", etc.

Website

A website is of course what you build with the SimDif app. It is what your visitors see when they visit your address. It presents your activity in a way that your readers will understand and Google can find.

More technically, a website is a collection of files hosted on a server connected to the internet. A domain name points to those files, and your browser reads and renders them.