Domain Registration Secrets Revealed!
Domain name registration is easy once you understand a few basics
about the process. Your domain name is the address that users will
enter in their web browser (like Internet Explorer or Netscape)
to access your web site. The. ".com" extension (called
TLD, top-level domains) is most commonly used for commercial web
sites. Non-profit organizations might prefer using .org. Universities
usually use .edu and government sites usually use .gov. However
you can also use one of the many new TLDs for your domain registration.
In the year 2000, ICANN (the organization
responsible for regulating domain name registration) approved scores
of new TLDs for public domain registration including .biz, .info,
.name, .museum, .coop, .areo, and .pro. The rules that apply to registering
domains with these newer TLDs vary from TLD to TLD. For more information
about this subject visit http://www.internic.net/faqs/new-tlds.html.
web hosts will register a domain name for you when you open an account.
However, it is recommended that you do this separately as it is
generally much much cheaper than fee charged by web hosting sites.
Sites such as godaddy.com will let you register a domain name for
less than five bucks. Doing this is a good idea in case you decide
to move your site to another host because many web hosting providers
have a way filching the ownership of domain registrations. The minimum
period for which a domain name can be registered is one year. You
need to make sure to renew a domain name before it expires, or you
may lose it to a cyber squatter who may also try to charge you for
buying back the ownership of your own creation.
The biggest domain name registrar is Network Solutions, which was
sold to VeriSign a few years ago. You can perform your own domain
registration at http://www.verisign.com. This company held a monopoly
over domain name registrations until several years ago when other
domain registrars were finally also allowed to collect information
on their sites. VeriSign still operates .com registry services and
other registrars have to pay VeriSign a fee for every domain registration
that they collect.
You should also be aware that domain registration
exposes your personal information to the general public. The name,
street address, e-mail address, and phone number that you use when
registering a domain name will be viewable by any person that performs
a Whois search on your isp number or domain name. No matter where
you register your domain name, you should expect to receive spam
at the email address. Spam, unfortunately is part of the nature
of the beast when it comes to domain name registration.
Once your hosting account is activated,
you will usually receive an email that tells you what servers are
appropriate for you to use for your website. Once you or an Internet
tech professional modifies the name servers, it usually takes around
24-48 hours for the site to be accessible to you and others on the
Internet. You will usually be able to upload and access your web
site even before the name server changes are implemented by using
a temporary address provided by your web host provider. Once you
have completed this step your domain registration is a fait accompli!
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