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sawdclan
This question can be intresting or stupid.
For example, Frihost is webhoster (duh). They can have their servers and stuff all at their own place I guess. But someone must be responsible for the domainname. I guess that is a different company who is doing this.
So my question is, how was the first website hosted with a domain name?
Marcuzzo
IMO it's not a stupid question at all.
to answer that question you need to look at the history of the internet.
it evolved out of ARPANET.
Wikipedia wrote:
The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) was the world's first operational packet switching network and the progenitor of what was to become the global Internet. The network was initially funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA, later DARPA) within the U.S. Department of Defense for use by its projects at universities and research laboratories in the US. The packet switching of the ARPANET was based on designs by British scientist Donald Davies[1][2] and Lawrence Roberts of the Lincoln Laboratory.[3]

what I found on the internet is that the the first .com domain name that was ever registered was Symbolics.com.
registered on the 15th of March 1985 by the now defunct Massachusetts-based computer manufacturer Symbolics.

how it was done? well the same as today, there are several domain name servers on the global internet that will resolve a registered domain to an ip address.
actualy there are other name servers that are on the network of your provider that will cache the domain names but I'll spare you the technical details.

for instance, you enter http://google.com in your browser.
what happens is that your browser will look up the IP address of that domain name in the name servers and will forward the request to it's IP address.

actualy, open up a command prompt by clicking start/run and enter CMD and ping "google.com" and you will actualy see the IP address.

notice that I'm using a windows 7 machine with IPv6 so I need to enter "-4" to ping in IPv4
Code:
C:\Users\marco>ping google.com -4

Pinging google.com [173.194.34.37] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 173.194.34.37: bytes=32 time=13ms TTL=50
Reply from 173.194.34.37: bytes=32 time=11ms TTL=50
Reply from 173.194.34.37: bytes=32 time=10ms TTL=50
Reply from 173.194.34.37: bytes=32 time=11ms TTL=50

Ping statistics for 173.194.34.37:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 10ms, Maximum = 13ms, Average = 11ms


and when you enter that IP address in your browsers URL bar and hit enter you will actualy end up on the google page.

I hope this information was helpfull

interesting links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARPANET
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_name
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_Name_System
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nameserver


EDIT:
Frihost is a hosting service provider and not a domain registrar.
when you sign up here, by default you get a subdomain of one of the frihost domains ( frih.org )
like mine is marcuzzospalazzo.frih.org ( which has not been updated in years )
there is a difference between a domain name and a hosting.
the webhost actualy "hosts" the website, more precicely, it holds the files and scripts that make up the site.
the domain name is merely the "address" that points to the folder that holds your site on the hosting server.
k_s_baskar
sawdclan wrote:
This question can be intresting or stupid.
For example, Frihost is webhoster (duh). They can have their servers and stuff all at their own place I guess. But someone must be responsible for the domainname. I guess that is a different company who is doing this.
So my question is, how was the first website hosted with a domain name?


Most of Professional Hosting companies like frihost place their servers in Data centers (a place where hundreds and thousands are placed in racks). If you want to run a server at your own place (for testing purpose) it is possible. provided you need net connection with dedicated IP (Even with static ip using some technique) and a computer with all softwares needed to run a webserver.

and for your question regarding to first site hosted with domain read this article http://techcrunch.com/2009/08/27/25-years-later-first-registered-domain-name-changes-hands/
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deanhills
@Marcuzzo. Awesome comment. I knew a scattering of the details here and there, but learned loads from this overall explanation. Thanks!
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RosenCruz
Very nice answer @Marcuzzo.

I ve just read an intriguing article to a nice question Wink
sawdclan
@Marcuzzo thank you very much 4 your answer. I think I can now move on with my life Razz
rjraaz
Very well explained and informative detail Marcuzzo. Thanks to share it with us.
patoram1
I got everything more clear now!
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