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Domain Names

If you desire to build a website, this means that you need a domain. A domain name is an easy-to-remember name that you write in your web browser's address bar when you would like to look up a particular web site.

Why Do You Require a Domain?

This is an issue I bring up because of the fact that last week my boss proposed the idea of establishing a site for our brand new venture. That itself is not a problem, the problem is that he wants a site, but has not decided yet what it should look like, what it should consist of, and so on. All that he told me was the name of the web site - its domain name. Thus, we now have an address for a yet-to-be-set-up website and nothing aside from that.

The Domain

Each website is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, known also as an Internet Protocol address. Paying a visit to a website by typing the Internet Protocol address of the machine in your browser, though, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into existence. So, a domain name pertains to an IP on the Internet. Once it has been registered, of course.

Registering a Domain

To register a domain, you first need to pick a domain name registration provider. ResellersPanel Web Hosting offers the best solution for my current and future projects - they have a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a web hosting plan later on - when my boss eventually makes up his mind about what purpose the website will serve.

So, to register a domain, you have to select a name for your website. Then, you have to choose a TLD - this is what comes after the dot. For instance, in 'cnn.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Apparently, '.com' is an abbreviation for 'company', '.net' is an abbreviation for 'network', '.org' is an abbreviation for 'organization', and so on and so forth.

After you've chosen your domain and your future domain registration provider, you need to examine whether the domain you would like to register is free, because someone else might have taken it already, however embarrassing this might be. Each domain name registration provider, including ResellersPanel Web Hosting, offers a search functionality at their sign-up page, which ascertains the availability of a given domain. To continue with the registration of a domain, you have to specify certain domain registrant info - the name, the place of residence, the e-mail and the phone number of the registrant of the domain.

You've Registered a Domain... Now What?

I registered .com, .net, .biz and .info domain names for our project, as per the wish of my still-hesitant-about-the-function-of-the-future-site boss. I tried out the domain administration tool ResellersPanel Web Hosting is offering and found it very useful - everything is coherently structured and, from what I saw in the web hosting CP demo at their web site, after we upgrade to a cheap web hosting package, it will remain the same, but with a lot more functionalities. This, thank goodness, will spare me quite a lot of inconvenience from having to administer my domain name and website hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make up his mind about at least what the website should comprise, I was pleased to discover that the domain management interface offers DNS management and domain name renewal options, and - a very handy feature (!) - a parked domain template, which I used in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.

Country-Code Top-Level Domains

I was rather happy to see that ResellersPanel Web Hosting is offering many country-specific Top-Level Domains, because the project the web site is meant for is international. Country-specific TLDs are entrusted to local registries, which allow registrar companies to register domain names, usually at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end users. There are various country-code domain names: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .me for Montenegro, .de for Germany, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I trust, will make my boss happy since we will be able to set up a local version of the site for each country where the project will be presented.

TLDs 1-year 2-years with Hosting
.COM (Commercial) $9.95 USD $19.90 USD $6.00 USD
.NET (Network) $9.95 USD $19.90 USD $6.00 USD
.INFO (Information) $9.95 USD $19.90 USD $6.00 USD
.BIZ (Business) $9.95 USD $19.90 USD $6.00 USD
.ORG (Non-Commercial) $9.95 USD $19.90 USD $6.00 USD
.JP (Japan) $55.00 USD N/A N/A
.MOBI (Mobile) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD N/A
.CN (China) $44.50 USD $89.00 USD N/A
.BE (Belgium) $9.00 USD N/A N/A
.TV (Television) $28.50 USD $57.00 USD N/A