What are the valid characters for a domain name and how long can a domain name be?

A domain name can be up to 63 characters (letters, numbers or combination) long plus the 4 characters used to identify the domain extension (.com, .net, .org). The only symbol character domain names can include is a hyphen (-) although the domain name cannot start or end with a hyphen nor have consecutive hyphens. Common symbols such as asterisks (*), under scores (_), and exclamation points (!) are not allowed.

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