Your Internet Consultant - The FAQs of Life Online
3.1. I keep hearing about Internet hosts. What is a host?
If you've ever gone to an enjoyable cocktail party, birthday party, luau, or
other social event, you already know what a host is--the person who lets you
into his or her home, allows you to eat his food, sit on his couch and
generally mess up the place. This type of host is only vaguely similar to the
kind of host on the Internet. On the Internet, a host is any computer
system that is connected to the physical network. More specifically, it's any
computer with a distinct identity--a name and a network address. (Your cocktail
party host, I hope, also has a name and an address.)
Note: The words host, site, and
computer can be used interchangeably.
Each Internet host has a name in the form of
system.domain, where system is
that computer's own moniker and the domain contains information
about the organization to which the computer belongs. Examples are as
There are millions more. In any case, the word before the first period is the
computer's name. The word after the first period is the domain name. More on
domain names in a minute.
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