The Dawn of the Domain System: The concept of domain names originated in the early days of the internet, which began as ARPANET in the late 1960s. As the network grew, there was a need for a more efficient method to identify computers rather than just by their IP addresses.
Birth of the Domain Name System (DNS): In 1983, the Domain Name System was introduced. This system allowed text-based addresses (like “example.com”) to be translated into IP addresses. It essentially acted as the phone book of the internet.
The First-ever Registered Domain: Symbolics.com, registered in 1985, holds the honor of being the first-ever domain name. This event marked the beginning of the domain registration era.
Introduction of Top-Level Domains (TLDs): The original TLDs included .com, .org, .net, .edu, .gov, .mil, and .int. Over time, the list has expanded vastly to include various country codes (e.g., .uk, .ca) and generic TLDs (e.g., .app, .blog).
The Dot-com Bubble: The late 1990s saw an explosion in domain registrations, primarily with the “.com” TLD. This era, known as the dot-com bubble, saw companies rushing to secure domain names, leading to a surge in domain prices.
Modern-Day Domains: Today, there are over 1,500 TLDs available. From .pizza to .guru, the modern domain landscape allows for creativity and specificity like never before.