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Domain Name Registration

If you would like to own a web site, this means that you require a domain name. A domain name is a human-identifiable name that you type in your web browser's location bar when you desire to go to a specific web site.

Why Do You Need a Domain?

This is a question I bring up due to the fact that last week my boss suggested the idea of building a web site for our new venture. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a 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. Thus, we now have an address for a yet-to-be-built website and nothing apart from that.

The Domain

Each web site is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own personal physical address, popular also as an IP address. Paying a visit to a web site by writing the IP address of the physical machine in your web browser, however, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domains appeared. Hence, a domain name corresponds to an IP on the web. Once it has been registered, that is.

Registering a Domain Name

To register a domain name, you first need to select a domain name registration provider. NTChosting has the best solution for my present and future projects - they offer a Domain Manager plan, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a web hosting plan at a later time - when my boss finally decides what function the website will serve.

So, to register a domain name, you have to choose a name for your site. After that, you need to select a top-level domain name - this is what follows the dot. For example, in 'hotels.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Apparently, '.com' stands for 'company', '.net' stands for 'network', '.org' stands for 'organization', etc.

Once you've picked your domain and your future registrar, you have to confirm whether the domain you want to register is available for registration, since someone else might have snatched it before you, no matter how unpleasant this might be. Each domain registration company, including NTChosting, offers a tool at their signup page, which confirms the availability of a certain domain name. To proceed with the registration of a domain, you need to fill out certain domain registrant info - the personal name, the address, the email address and the phone number of the domain's owner.

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

I registered .com, .net, .org and .eu domain names for our venture, as per the wish of my still-uncertain-about-the-function-of-the-future-website boss. I tested the domain name management interface NTChosting is offering and found it very convenient - everything is coherently organized and, from what I noticed in the hosting Control Panel demo at their site, after we upgrade to a cheap hosting package, it will remain the same, just with a lot more features. This, thank goodness, will spare me quite a lot of inconvenience from having to manage my domain and website hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make a decision about at least what the site should comprise, I was happy to find that the domain administration tool offers DNS management and domain name renewal options, and - an extremely useful feature (!) - a parked domain name template, which I resorted to in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Specific Top-Level Domain Names

I was rather pleased to discover that NTChosting is offering numerous country-code Top-Level Domains, since the project the website is aimed for is multinational. Country-code Top-Level Domains are handed over to domestic registries, which allow domain name registrars to register domain names, typically at rates that are cheaper than those offered to the end users. There are many country-specific TLDs: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .me for Montenegro, .es for Spain, .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I am positive, will please my boss since we will be able to prepare a local version of the web site for each country where the project will be presented.

Universal TLDs 1-year 2-years with Hosting
.COM (Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD
.NET (Network) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD
.BIZ (Business) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD
.ORG (Non-Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD
.INFO (Information) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD
.CO (Company) $26.00 USD $52.00 USD $26.00 USD
.TV (Television) $28.00 USD $56.00 USD $28.00 USD
Country Code TLDs 1-year 2-years Domain
with Hosting
.US (United States) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD
.CA (Canada) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $14.00 USD
.COM.AU (Austraila) $29.00 USD $29.00 USD
.EU (European Union) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD
.CO.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $15.00 USD
.ME.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $15.00 USD
.DE (Germany) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD
.IT (Italy) $34.00 USD $68.00 USD $34.00 USD
.ES (Spain) $17.00 USD $34.00 USD $17.00 USD
.SE (Sweden) $40.00 USD $80.00 USD $40.00 USD
.RU (Russia) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD $7.00 USD
.CO.NZ (New Zealand) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $18.00 USD
.JP (Japan) $55.00 USD $110.00 USD $55.00 USD
.CO.ZA (South Africa) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $25.00 USD
.COM.MX (Mexico) $48.00 USD $48.00 USD