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Domain Name

If you wish to develop a web site, this means that you require a domain name. A domain is an easy-to-remember name that you type in your web browser's URL bar when you wish to see a particular web site.

Why Do You Require a Domain Name?

This is an issue I broach due to the fact that this past week my boss came up with the idea of building a website for our new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he needs a site, but has not made a decision yet about what it should look like, what it should consist of, and so on. All that he revealed to me was the name of the web site - its domain. So, we now have an Internet address for a future site and nothing aside from that.

The Domain

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 site by typing the Internet Protocol address of the server in your browser, though, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domains appeared. So, a domain name pertains to an IP on the World Wide Web. Once it has been registered, that is.

Registering a Domain

To register a domain, you first have to select a domain registration provider. 50webs Hosting offers the best solution for my present and future projects - they provide a Domain Manager plan, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting plan later on - when my boss finally makes up his mind about what function the web site will have.

Hence, to register a domain name, you need to pick a name for your website. After that, you have to pick a TLD - this is what follows the dot. For instance, in 'nfl.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Apparently, '.com' is short for 'company', '.net' is short for 'network', '.org' is short for 'organization', and so on and so forth.

Once you've chosen your domain and your future registrar, you need to examine whether the domain you would like to register is free, since somebody else might have seized it before you, no matter how annoying this might be. Each domain registration supplier, including 50webs.com, offers a search functionality at their sign-up page, which confirms the availability of a certain domain. To move ahead with the registration of a domain name, you need to specify some domain registrant info - the name, the physical address, the electronic mail address and the phone number of the domain name's owner.

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

I registered .com, .net, .eu and .info domains for our venture, as per the request of my still-uncertain-about-the-function-of-the-future-site boss. I tried out the domain name management tool 50webs.com is offering and found it extremely convenient - everything is neatly organized and, from what I noticed in the web hosting Control Panel demo at their site, once we upgrade to a budget hosting plan, it will remain the same, but with a lot more functionalities. This, thank goodness, will spare me quite a lot of discomfort from having to manage my domain and hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to decide at least what the site should include, I was glad to discover that the domain management tool includes DNS administration and domain name renewal options, and - a very useful functionality (!) - a parked domain name template, which I used in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Specific Top-Level Domain Names

I was very glad to see that 50webs.com is offering a lot of country-specific TLDs, because the project the web site is aimed for is international. Country-specific top-level domain names are delegated to domestic registry operators, which permit registrars to register domains, usually at rates that are cheaper than those offered to the end clients. There are a lot of country-specific top-level domain names: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .es for Spain, .nl for the Netherlands, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I am confident, will make my boss happy since we will be able to create a local version of the website for each country where the project will be presented.

TLDs 1-year 2-years with Hosting
.COM (Commercial) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD FREE
.NET (Network) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD FREE
.ORG (Non-Commercial) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $15.00 USD
.INFO (Information) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $15.00 USD
.BIZ (Business) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $15.00 USD
.CN (China) $46.00 USD $92.00 USD $46.00 USD
.CA (Canada) $22.00 USD $44.00 USD $22.00 USD
.MOBI (Mobile) $20.00 USD $40.00 USD $20.00 USD
.TV (Television) $30.00 USD $60.00 USD $30.00 USD
.CC (Abriviations) $23.00 USD $46.00 USD $23.00 USD