If you would like to own a web site, this means that you need a domain. A domain name is an easy-to-remember name that you write in your web browser's location bar when you would like to see a particular web site.
This is a question I introduce because a week ago my boss proposed the idea of creating a web page for our new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he needs a web site, but has not reached a decision yet about what it should look like, what it should include, etc. All that he revealed to me was the name of the website - its domain name. So, we now have an Internet address for a yet-to-be-set-up web site and nothing apart from that.
Each web site is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address, known also as an Internet Protocol address. Visiting a web site by writing the IP address of the server in your web browser, however, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domains came into existence. Thus, a domain name pertains to an IP address on the World Wide Web. Once it has been registered, of course.
To register a domain name, you first have to settle on a domain name registrar. NTChosting offers an optimal solution for my present and future projects - they provide a Domain Manager plan, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting package at a later time - when my boss eventually determines what objective the web site will serve.
Hence, to register a domain name, you need to select a name for your web site. Then, you have to select a Top-Level Domain - this is what comes after the dot. For instance, in 'ehow.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Clearly, '.com' stands for 'company', '.net' stands for 'network', '.org' stands for 'organization', and so on and so forth.
Once you've picked your domain name and your future registrar, you have to examine whether the domain you wish to register is available for registration, because somebody else might have registered it before you, no matter how unpleasant it might be. Each domain registration supplier, including NTChosting, offers a search functionality at their signup page, which verifies the availability of a given domain. To proceed with the registration of a domain, you need to fill in some domain registrant info - the personal name, the address, the email and the phone number of the domain's registrant.
I registered .com, .net, .eu and .name domain names for our venture, as per the request of my still-hesitant-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-website boss. I tried out the domain name management dashboard NTChosting is offering and found it very useful - everything is logically ordered and, from what I saw in the hosting Control Panel demo at their website, once we upgrade to a cheap hosting plan, it will remain the same, just with a lot more features. This, thank heavens, will save me quite a bit of discomfort from having to administer my domain name and web hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make up his mind about at least what the site should comprise, I was glad to discover that the domain administration tool includes DNS management and domain renewal options, and - a very valuable feature (!) - a parked domain template, which I resorted to in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.
I was quite pleased to discover that NTChosting is offering a lot of country-specific top-level domain names, because the project the web site is meant for is multinational. Country-specific TLDs are delegated to local registries, which enable domain registrars to register cheap domains, typically at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end customers. There are various country-code top-level domain names: .co.uk for the UK, .me for Montenegro, .de for Germany, .us for the USA, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I think, will make my boss happy because we will be able to prepare a local version of the site for each country where the project will be introduced.
|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|
|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|
|.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|