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Why does a domain name look the way it does?

A domain name always contains a few components, i.e. labels, which are separated by a dot (period), thus:

The structure of a domain name conforms to the DNS Internet naming hierarchy which follows a tree structure. This structure allows computers to find each other on the Internet (see How are domain names translated into IP addresses?).

At the very top of this hierarchy is the root (which does not appear in the domain name). The next level down of this hierarchy is the top level domain (TLD), the one after that being the second-level domain, and so on.

The TLD is what appears at the far right end of a domain name. In the example above, the TLD is .my. TLDs come either as country codes domain names like .uk, and .jp, or generic top-level domain names like .com, .net, or .gov.

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