Wired! Philippines

The Internet Address
by smbea < mabelle@msc.net.ph >

The Internet address functions like your postal or home address. If you have a street number, a city, a state, a zip code, and a country, so does your Internet address. It contains similar information written in such a way that it identifies the exact location of an addressee or a computer.

A simple Internet address might look like this:


An expanded Internet address looks something like this:


An actual Internet address looks like this:


You will notice that an Internet address does not have spaces. An underscore (_) is used instead for spaces. The @ and the dot (.) separate the other items in the Internet address.

In our example, the name preceding the @ (mabelle) is called the user's name or the login name. It could be the name of a person using the system, an abbreviation, or a combination of letters and numbers assigned to the user. Immediately after the @ is the name of the host computer (msc). It is followed by the domain or the network or the type of organization the host is connected (in our example, the domain is net), and the top-level domain, the two letter abbreviation for the country where the system is located (ph).



The Internet address is also called the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN).

Example of top level domain names are: us (United States); ph (Philippines); uk (United Kingdom); br (Brazil); id (Indonesia); hk (Hong Kong); au (Australia); and ca (Canada).

Domain and subdomain names are:


private organizations (imo.org.ph)


an educational institution (pinya.edu.ph)


a military organization (army.mil)


organizations that forward traffic between networks and service providers (msc.net.ph)


a government site (malacañang.gov.ph)


a company or commercial organization (microsoft.com)


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