A domain name is a name that identifies a computer or computers on the internet. These names appear as a component of a Web site’s URL, e.g. auza.com. This type of domain is also called a hostname.
This is not ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’ but in case you are wondering what are the longest and shortest domain in the world, then read on.
According to the domain registrars, the longest legal domain name is 63 characters starting with a letter or number. The character count does not include the domain suffix, e.g. ‘.com.ph’ or the URL prefix ‘http://www.’. So, what domain name currently holds the record as the longest in the world? Actually, there are plenty of sites that are sharing this title at the moment. The most known among them are the following:
Now let’s go to the shortest.
The shortest known domain name right now was recently acquired by Google, with the purpose of making it easier for Chinese users to find Google’s main site. The domain name is ‘g.cn’. Most single letter domain names are supposed to be reserved by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). However, there are a few cases of this not being so:
Z.com owned by Nissan
Q.com owned by Qwest
X.com owned by PayPal.
Google was not allowed by IANA to buy g.com, but they got lucky and found a one letter-shorter alternative in ‘g.cn’.
Any other long and short domain names?