If you put off reading this article, you will almost certainly miss out on important information about domain name registration.
There are several articles on the subject on the internet, but the benefit of this article is that it is simple and straightforward. This article will teach you everything you need to know about registering a domain name.
What exactly is a domain name?
Domain names are the well-known web addresses (for example, somename.com) that web browsers use to find a specific website. Domain names are pointers to a specific IP (Internet Protocol) address (the address that servers use to communicate with one another), and we use them for a simple reason. They are more descriptive and easier to remember than IP addresses, which consist of a series of numbers (i.e. 125.416.28.7)
The procedure for registering
If you want to buy a domain name, you must first find a registrar who will handle the registration process.
There are hundreds of registrars available right now. Visit the InterNIC website (www.internic.com/regist.html) for a complete list of accredited domain name registrars. When you go to the registrar’s website, you can use their domain name search tool to make sure the domain name you want to buy isn’t already taken. You can proceed with the registration if it is available.
Now that you’ve completed the registration, you’ll need to complete the purchase in about three steps. The domain name registration process may vary slightly from one registrar to the next, but the next three steps should be similar for the most part.
1. Determine how long you want to keep your domain name registered.
2. Do you want to register as a public or private user?
3. Fill in the contact information for the domain name.
Let me now go over each of the steps listed above in greater detail.
1. When you register your domain name, you can choose the length of time you want to own it, which can range from one year to ten years (of course, you can extend it just before it expires so you don’t lose it). Some registrars may even demand a minimum of two years or more for certain domain names.
So, how long should you keep the domain name registered? Well, that depends on what you plan to do with the domain. I would register it for five years or more if it is for your business and you intend to be in business for at least the next five years. If you are unsure about the future of your website, a period of one or two years should suffice, after which you can simply extend your registration if your website is performing well. Many registrars now allow you to have your domain name automatically renewed so you don’t have to worry about it. You can avoid losing your domain name if you use this option to avoid forgetting to renew it.
2. You will also have to choose between public and private registration; however, some domain registrars may not provide this option. The public registration is the one in which you use your personal information as the contact information for the domain name. This method of registration is more convenient, but it is also less secure than the private one, because your detailed contact information, such as your address, phone numbers, and email address, is widely and easily accessible, making you an easy target for email spammers and fraud.
Private registration, on the other hand, provides security while also potentially costing you more money over time. It basically works like this: your registrar registers your domain name on your behalf. So, while you are not the direct owner, you do have the right to use it. In this case, the domain name contains your registrar’s contact information rather than your own. Any mail sent to the address listed under your domain will be forwarded to you, and this is where the extra cost comes in, as most registrars charge a fee for this service. If you choose private registration, I strongly advise you to read the service agreement carefully before proceeding with the registration. You might be able to avoid some headaches.
3. The final step is straightforward. This step is not necessary if you have chosen private domain name registration. In the case of public registration, you only need to provide your complete contact information. For each domain name, the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) keeps track of four different types of contacts. 1.Contact information for the owner 2.Administrator’s contact information 3.Contact information for the tech person 4.Contact information for the billing person. Unless you have other people managing different aspects of your domain name, you can use the same contact information for all four.
That is all there is to it. Now all you have to do is finish the checkout process. The domain name registration may take up to 48 hours to complete. After you’ve completed the registration process, you’ll have a domain name. Of course, you’ll need to do more than just register a domain name to get your website up and running with the domain name you just bought. You’ll need to create your site, find a web host, and publish it to your web host’s servers, but that’s outside the scope of this article.
We hope that now that you’ve read this article, all of your questions about domain name registration have been answered.