Domain Name Registration

When you want have a domain, you will register the domain name you want to use with an organization called InterNIC through an domain registration known as Registrar. For example, if you want your site to be called “www.mybestdomain.com”, you will have to go to an registerar, pay the registration fee, and the service will usually be in the $10-$35 range depending on the domain you are applying for.

Once you have paid the bill, you will be allowed to own the domain for a period of one or more years and you will need to renew the domain after time period. You can choose to buy domain up to 5 years if you want. Currently, many web hosting services offer free domain promotion within 1 to 2 years.

However, in my experience, you should register your own domain yourself and should not go with the web hosting provider for you. Buy it the domain name yourself means you are the owner, manager and technical support for that domain. Once you are the sole owner of that domain, you have full control ovon it without any risk of loosing the domain.

In first time I do not know about the domain and webhosting, I first registered domain together with a hosting company. Later on, they knew that because they were afraid of moving the domain to another vendor, they locked the domain. Thus, I have to email them when I want to change something on the domain. It costs my time and give me the risk of loosing my own domain.

If you want to save some money and let the host service buy the domain for you, please make sure that web hosting company give you the owner right of the domain you register or you will get into the trouble when your site gets eaten up. At that time people will make you pay to be allowed to “rent” their domain.

Domain is always registered regularly, so you should register the domain as soon as you have the good name or people will register it and you have to buy it from the other with very hight price.

When you are ready to buy a domain, prepare these steps:

1. First you need to figure out what domain you are going to buy. If you need advice on how to get a good domain, refer to the article on how to choose a domain for more details.
2. Have information about the DNS and IP of you host in hand. If you do not have them or not sure where to find them, just ask your hosting provider for help.
3. Credit Card or other payment way. Unless you register your domain from local agent, you have to pay the domain registration free online so you have to have payment stuff in hand.

You can check the following domain registration. They are great!

1. Godaddy.com: This is the most popular website on domain name service. You can register most of the first level domain such as .com, .us, .biz, .info, .net, .org, .ws, .name, .tv, .co.uk, .me.uk. And .org.uk. When registering a domain with them, you will have a separate domain management page, redirecting site, free website builder tool, free domain sale site and hidden personal information service. On Whois.

2. Namecheap.com: This is another great company for online domain registeration. You can register almost first level domain from their website and also some countries domain. They have payment options from credit card to paypal. Your domain will be registered within few seconds after you make payment. They also provide free whois protection for the first year.

Summary

Domain is one of the most important stuff for online life. Its marked as your online address and people know you though that address. All you need is “design” a good name, check if its available and register it as soon as it is free.

Domain management is very simple comparing to managing web hosting. Often you only need to buy a successful domain, change DNS information and personal information, so you do not have to worry about it anymore.

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