AN INTRODUCTION TO DOMAIN REGISTRATION

If you are reading this, then you are probably wondering how the domain registration process works. It’s always a good idea to get prepared for a process like this because in this way you can rest assured that you will get exactly what you are looking for. This is the reason why we have created this simple guide that should answer all your questions regarding this registration process.

Domain name: what is it?

In order to help web users find the things that they are looking for on the Internet in a simple way, the authorities behind the Internet have created the Domain Name System – DNS. So, every computer or server that’s connected online comes with a unique IP (Internet Protocol) address which looks like a string of numbers. These strings look something like 192.168.34.2 for example. Instead of memorizing these numbers to open your favorite website, all you have to do as an Internet user is to remember the domain name. We can all agree that YourSite.com is easier to remember compared to 192.168.34.2.

Every domain name has two parts. The first one is the name itself and the second the extension. It’s up to the website owners to select a domain name. Of course, many of the names are already in use, so it will take some time for you to find a unique name that you can register. Spending some time thinking about a domain name is always a good idea because this name has an impact on the overall Internet success.

On the other hand, the extension represents the part of the domain name that follows the basic name. The most popular extension today is .com. Of course, there are many other extensions out there and from time to time new extensions are introduced on the market. For instance, there are extensions used by educational organizations .edu, military organizations – .mil, etc. There are also country-specific extensions like .us for the United States, .in for India or .mk for Macedonia. The most used domain name extensions today (in addition to .com) include .biz, .info, .org and .net. It’s a good thing to register a few extensions under the same name in order to keep your brand safe.

Reasons to register a domain name

It turns out that there’s more than one reason why someone would want to register a domain name. Obviously, you have to register one in case you are planning on creating a website. But, this is not the only reason that can encourage you to register a domain name. In other cases, people are registering these names to get personalized emails. In addition, some of them don’t actually need a website for business purposes, but a personal blog, or a forum or a discussion board.

Even in case you don’t want to build a website right away, it might be a good idea to pay for a domain name because you might want to create one in the future. Don’t forget that the number of websites is growing and if you have a good idea which is still available you should not waste time and wait to register that name later.

Domain name registration process

The only way to register a domain name is to use the services of official domain name registrars. The positive thing is that there are dozens of registrars like this online. Of course, in order to stay safe, you should look for registrars who are accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). When you are using the help of a website developer or designer, they can finish this task for you, but remember that the domain name must be registered on your name. The most popular domain name registrars have simple registration processes. This means that even if you don’t have any experience in this field, you should be able to finish the process without any hassles.

Every domain registrar will give you an opportunity to check the availability of domain names before the process starts. In case you have entered an available domain name then you can follow the next step. The next step is to share your personal information – address, email address, phone number and full name with the registrar. Remember that unless you pay a small fee, this information will remain public. You can save your privacy by paying a small fee.

In situations when the domain name is not available, you have two options. First of all, the registrar will probably provide a few suggestions (based on your desired domain name) which are available. Usually, these suggestions include prefixes or suffixes or variations of the keywords used in your domain name. Additionally, they will suggest using different extensions. Of course, you don’t have to accept these suggestions, but in this case, you should have a list of alternatives if you want to finish this process faster.

The other option you have here is to look for the owner. Use the WHOIS Lookup service which is available to the public. You can find contact information about the owner of the domain name you are interested in and you can contact them. However, if they have decided to keep this information private, you won’t be able to use this method to get the domain name you find attractive.

When you are buying a domain name, you are actually renting it for a specific period of time. Most users are purchasing their domain names for a year or two. However, you can buy this domain name for 5 or in some cases even 10 years. In this way, you can get discounts and one thing less to worry about (renewals). If you decide to use short-term registration, you can expect to pay much more the second time when you want to register the domain name again.

All in all, the process of registering a domain name is not a difficult one and with the right approach, you can maximize the effects of this process.

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