name registration guidelines
Domain name registration guidelines
The Domain Name System (DNS) enables people to navigate their way
around the Internet. Every computer that is connected to the internet
is identifiable by a string of numbers called an "IP address"
(IP stands for "Internet Protocol"). As the internet developed
so did the DNS, so that now a string of letters can correspond to
a particular IP address. This means that instead of using a complicated
sequence of numbers you can type www.adomianname.com, which is a
lot easier to remember.
No matter what sort of site you are intending building, you should
consider getting yourself a domain name. Your domain name is your
personal web address and can reflect anything you desire, including
your own name or the subject of your business.
There are several reasons why an internet business requires its
own domain name including:
• A domain name makes your site more credible and reliable
• The URL of a domain name will never change even if you
change you website hosting, so that customers are not needed to
be informed should you change hosting.
• Choosing a good domain name will make your site more memorable
to your clients, so that people will recall your company easily
which spells more profits.
• Advertisers and sponsors are more likely to sponsor websites
who have their own domain name.
• Your won domain name allows you to set up various email
addresses for specific uses, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The organization that is responsible for maintaining and co-ordinating
the entire domain name system is called ICAAN. TO register any domain
name you need to use an ICAAN accredited domain name registrar.
There are numerous domain name registrars and fees for domain registration
vary from $8.95 to $35+. Some web hosting companies now offer a
free domain name registration as part of their hosting packages.
Registering your domain name is essentially a four step
process as follows:
Step 1: Carefully consider what domain name you
would like, try to make your domain name as concise as possible
and specific to the site you have in mind. Construct a list of alternative
domain names, in order of preference. This is because with the huge
number of websites in the Internet, some of your ideas for the ideal
domain name might have already been taken already so the more names
you can think of, the better.
When deciding on your domain name also consider the top level domain
TLD) extension you want. The TLD is the .com part of the domain
name domainname.com. There are a variety of domain extensions, and
the one you wish to use may well affect the price you will have
The range of TLDs includes .com, .net, .org, .info and .name (used
with a personal name e.g. JezLacey.name). None of these TLDs have
specific requirements. In addition to these universal TLDs there
is also .biz, which is for commercial and business use only. Finally,
there are also country specific TLDs, which can only be used by
persons who are citizens and residents of that country and by businesses
and organizations present in that country where domain extension
is applicable, example include .us (USA), .co.uk (UK) and .fr (France).
Step 2: Obtain the IP address or domain nameserver
from your hosting company. A nameserver is a special type of domain
that is used to identify a particular server. After registration
you will need this information in order to set up your domain for
Step 3: Prepare for payment. The usual method
of payment with domain registrars is via a credit card.
Step 4: Apply for your domain name. You can use
your web hosting company to do this, or one of numerous accredited
domain registrars. Good examples include enom.com, the ever popular
GoDaddy.com, Dotster.com and many others.
When registering your domain name, ensure that you are the registered
domain owner. This important because a web host can set themselves
as the domain owner, and if they do, then you have no say in what
happens to the domain name. For example, if you decide to transfer
your domain to another registrar. For this reason you should also
ensure both the technical and administrative contracts should be
When transferring a domain the new registrar will try contacting
the domain owner first, then if that fails the administrative and
then the technical contact. There have been cases where the web
host has registered itself as the administrative and technical contact
for a client. They can then make it difficult for clients to move
to other registrars by pending the move or by even refusing. So,
stay in better control and avoid this kind of situation.
With these guidelines, you are now well equipped to register your
own domain name. As good domain names are getting more and more
difficult to find, if you already have an idea for a great domain
name, register them now before it’s too late.
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