There are 2 entities you require in order to kick off an online portal. The first one is a domain name that will open your web site when you type it in a browser, and the second one is a site hosting account, which is essentially the disk storage space on a web server where the web page files will be located, plus a few more features that it is offering. The domain and the website hosting plan are 2 associated, yet separate solutions, and you require them both in order to have a running online portal.
A domain is the alpha-numeric combination that you will pick to be the web address for the web portal: my-best-domain.com, for instance. A domain can be up to sixty four symbols long and it is made of two constituents – a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). In the aforementioned illustration, my-best-domain is the second-level domain name, and .com is the top-level domain name. While you can pick the SLD of the domain to be anything that is open for registration, there is a finite number of top-level domain names to select from. The TLDs can be generic (gTLDs) or country-code (ccTLDs), and can be registered for a fixed span of time between one and ten yrs. They may have other stipulations regarding the registrant.
As the domain is just a name and nothing more than that, you demand a web hosting package where you have to include it. Thus, when you type it in a web browser, it will exhibit the web content that you host in the account, i.e. it will open your web site. You can have a domain name registered with a particular provider and receive the hosting service from another, even though numerous web hosting providers provide both services and it is more user-friendly to administer everything from one and the same site hosting Control Panel GUI. Either way, because the domain registration and the web page hosting account are different services, you have to point the domain to the server where it will be added as hosted. To perform that, you need to alter a given setting, or record, of the domain - the so-called NS records. Each web hosting company has at least 2 name servers - ns1.webhostingfirm.net and ns2. webhostingfirm.net, for example. The web page hosting Control Panel that you have for your domain offers you the opportunity to modify the name servers and point the domain to one hosting provider or another.
The moment the domain name is pointed to a given domains hosting distributor and is added to their servers, you will obtain different services. The most crucial one is that the site files that you accommodate on the web server will now be accessible when you write your domain name in a web browser. You will also be able to create email boxes such as firstname.lastname@example.org and make use of webmail or an e-mail client to handle them. Whether you administer a personal or a corporate online portal, being accessible online and being able to use electronic mails with your domain are the two most essential options that you obtain with a web space hosting package. In case you have a corporate web page – it will identify your business before your web page visitors or customers. For this reason you demand a stable web hosting firm that will furnish a fast and steady hosting service.
Extra online services that you obtain by hosting a domain name are: File Transfer Protocol access to upload and download files easily, domain name forwarding, email auto-responders and electronic mailing lists, and the possibility to set up and modify specific domain records from your site hosting CP. The availability of these services may fluctuate based on the hosting corporation, but reliable web hosting firms like NTCHosting, for instance, provide all of the aforementioned services with their webspace hosting plans, outstripping their rivals.
|Universal TLDs||1-year||2-years||10-years||with Hosting|
|.COM (Commercial)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.NET (Network)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.BIZ (Business)||$11.45 USD||$22.90 USD||$114.50 USD|
|.ORG (Non-Commercial)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.INFO (Information)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.CO (Company)||$26.00 USD||$52.00 USD||$260.00 USD||$26.00 USD|
|.TV (Television)||$28.00 USD||$56.00 USD||$280.00 USD||$28.00 USD|
|.NAME (Personal)||$10.00 USD||$20.00 USD||$100.00 USD||$10.00 USD|
|.WS (Website)||$25.00 USD||$50.00 USD||$250.00 USD||$25.00 USD|
|.WE.BS (Website)||$4.50 USD||$9.00 USD||$45.00 USD||$4.50 USD|
|.NU (NEW)||$60.00 USD||$300.00 USD||$60.00 USD|
|Country Code TLDs||1-year||2-years||10-years||Domain |
|.US (United States)||$10.00 USD||$20.00 USD||$100.00 USD|
|.CA (Canada)||$14.00 USD||$28.00 USD||$140.00 USD||$14.00 USD|
|.COM.AU (Austraila)||$29.00 USD||$145.00 USD||$29.00 USD|
|.NET.AU (Austraila)||$14.50 USD||$29.00 USD||$145.00 USD||$14.50 USD|
|.EU (European Union)||$7.00 USD||$14.00 USD||$70.00 USD|
|.CO.UK (United Kingdom)||$15.00 USD||$75.00 USD||$15.00 USD|
|.ME.UK (United Kingdom)||$15.00 USD||$75.00 USD||$15.00 USD|
|.DE (Germany)||$10.00 USD||$20.00 USD||$100.00 USD|
|.AT (Austria)||$25.00 USD||$50.00 USD||$250.00 USD||$25.00 USD|
|.BE (Belgium)||$10.00 USD||$20.00 USD||$100.00 USD||$10.00 USD|
|.IT (Italy)||$34.00 USD||$68.00 USD||$340.00 USD||$34.00 USD|
|.ES (Spain)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD||$11.00 USD|
|.NL (Netherlands)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD||$11.00 USD|
|.SE (Sweden)||$40.00 USD||$80.00 USD||$400.00 USD||$40.00 USD|
|.RU (Russia)||$7.00 USD||$14.00 USD||$70.00 USD||$7.00 USD|
|.CO.NZ (New Zealand)||$18.00 USD||$36.00 USD||$180.00 USD||$18.00 USD|
|.NET.NZ (New Zealand)||$18.00 USD||$36.00 USD||$180.00 USD||$18.00 USD|
|.JP (Japan)||$55.00 USD||$110.00 USD||$550.00 USD||$55.00 USD|
|.CO.ZA (South Africa)||$14.00 USD||$28.00 USD||$140.00 USD||$14.00 USD|
|.COM.MX (Mexico)||$48.00 USD||$48.00 USD|