Decoding the Domain Name del.icio.us

Do you know how to create domain name all website URL like del.icio.us?  del.icio.us has become the most popular social bookmarks manager in recent times. Many surfers are drawn to curiosity by the peculiar domain name del.icio.us. It was an ingenious way to register a domain name. I mean it is much better than getting delicious.com or delicious.net etc. A domain search reveals there are many such names and many more subject to domain name availability.

Solving the mystery of delicious

First you figure out that icio was the selected domain name and .us was the registered country code level top level domain (ccTLD) which combined to form icio.us. If you try the url icio.us it does not connect. Sometimes registrars have a setup such that sites dont work on the world wide web without attaching the www. So you try to connect to www.icio.us – it also does not connect. So it seems no site is actually hosted at icio.us

Then maybe the domain name does not have an index page so maybe that is why the root url doesnt connect. Index pages are available in styles of index.htm or index.html – both of which point to the main page of a site. So I tried www.icio.us/index.htm and then again www.icio.us/index.html – but both dont work.

Then you try to look up the whois to find if the domain was actually registered at all. And Whois for icio.us revealed that indeed icio.us was registered to Joshua Schachter- our friendly webmaster running the very useful del.icio.us.

Now to solve the confusion of the del part. del is actually a subdomain of icio.us. A subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain name. So the main site del.icio.us is hosted on the del server of the domain name icio.us.  And so rests the decoding of del.icio.us!