Domain Name FAQ's

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1. What is a domain name?

Similar to how your house address indicates where you live in the world, a domain name indicates where your computer's location is on the Internet. Organizations that do business over the Internet want domain names (addresses) that are easy to remember and that are closely related to their company's trademark, so that customers can locate their web site very easily.
The actual domain name is a simplified, easier to read translation of an IP (Internet Protocol) address. The Internet is composed of a vast number of interconnected computers. Each of these computers is assigned a numeric value of the form XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX. This numeric value is called an IP address. If each computer on the Internet were identifiable only through its IP address, people would have a lot of difficulty when trying to locate each other and having to memorize each other's addresses. Domain names simplify IP addresses into an easy to remember combination of words and numbers.



2. Do domain names longer than 26 characters work?

Yes. Our name, 123-domain-name-registration.com, is longer than 26 characters and it works fine (... you are here, aren't you? :) You can register domain names up to 67 characters in length, including the extension. (Previously, all domain names were limited to 26 characters.)



3. I registered my domain 24 hours ago and still cannot find my web page, why not?

A domain name tells visitors where you can be found on the Internet. Should you want to associate your domain name with a web page/website, which which will allow visitors to find your website, you must locate a hosting company to solicit their services.



4. I registered my domain name, now what?

If you wished only to reserve your domain name for future use, there is nothing more you need to do. If you are planning on having a web page/site, you must now find a web hosting company or internet service provider to host your website for you. With each $14.95/yr domain name registration, you receive a free business card web page, e-mail forwarding, and domain forwarding. Once you've registered a domain name, set up these services through the client login, and click "additional services"... click here for more information on this complementary service.



5. Can you recommend a hosting company?

If you are looking for a basic hosting, an ecommerce hosting package, or a dedicated server, click here and see web hosting options. If you ALREADY have a domain name, (or recently purchased one at this site) you can have your name transferred at no charge to one of these hosting options.



6. Is Network Solutions the same as InterNIC?

Network Solutions is technically the same as Internic. Internic was the term originally used to describe the registry database.



7. What is the difference between .com, .net, and .org domain names?

The domain suffixes are intended to differentiate between various types of organizations on the Internet. Generally, the following rules apply:

.com -- businesses and commercial enterprises
.net -- network-related organizations and enterprises
.org -- charitable or non-profit organizations

The domain suffix type itself has no bearing on accessibility on the Internet from a technical standpoint, but over time the .com domain type has become the most popular and recognizable on the Internet. In addition to these extensions, we also offer .info, .biz, .ca, .us, .cn, and .name



8. What is the difference between the top-level and the second-level domain names?

The top-level domain and the second level domain work together to form the Internet address. The second level domain usually indicates the name of the organization that the address belongs to (e.g. Microsoft), or the type of web site it is (e.g. .com). When the two are tied together, the address is formed: "microsoft.com". Any additions to this address would be simple and straightforward and are performed by Microsoft. For example, Microsoft has the sites www.microsoft.com and search.microsoft.com.



9. How much does it cost to register a generic top-level domain name?

Domain registration cost vary depending on what extension you choose, but as a rule, we try to keep our pricing simple and affordable... new registrations, transfers, renewals and multi-year registrations are as follows:

TLD US Dollars per yr
.com $14.95
.net $14.95
.org $14.95
.info $19.95
.biz $19.95
.ca $24.95
.us $19.95
.cn $44.95
.name $19.95
.name-email $12.95




10. What methods of payment can I use to register my domain name?

We accept VISA, Mastercard or AMEX so that your name is secured immediately



11. Who can register?

- Individuals, organizations, ISPs, corporate resellers, etc. Anyone who currently wants, or is thinking of acquiring, a distinctive, individual presence on the Internet now, or at some time in the future. - Domain names are for People In Business: businesses that want customers to find them on the Net, and who wish to communicate with their customers through e-mail. - Domain names are for Information Providers: the Internet allows an unlimited number of people to have access to detailed information at little or no cost to the information provider. - Domain names are for People Like You: if you want a recognizable presence on the Internet, a domain name will allow others to find you easily and quickly.



12. Why should people register domain name(s)?

- Domain names are designed for people, IP addresses are designed for computers. If a company wants people to find their web site easily, they will need a domain name. - Domain names are registered on a first-come first-served basis. The fact that someone may have incorporated under a name or even that they have filed a trademark application does not automatically permit them to use that name. All parties who have legitimate use for a name, share the same rights to a name. - If a company conducts business over the Internet, or even if that company plans to do so in the future, they should register their domain name(s) now. Once a name is taken, it's gone.


13. How much could a domain name be worth?

Domain names can be worth thousands and thousands of dollars. The more practical and useful it is for others, the more it will be worth. Recently, business.com sold for $7.5 million and computer.com sold for $500,000. Domain names can be worth even more in non-monetary terms. Companies that have spent a great deal of time and money on establishing a corporate identity may find the value of their domain name immeasurable. The worth of a domain name is high, and there is no limit to just how high.



14. What if my desired name is the same as a trademarked name?

In quick and simple terms, if you've registered the name in good faith, its not a name belonging to an internationally known company, and you can show that you have a legitimate reason to use that name then you are likely to be able to keep that name.


15. How can I protect my domain name against potential trademark disputes?

One way to avoid trademark disputes would be to choose the right domain name and is similar to choosing the name of your company. You would not want a name that is similar to another company that people cannot distinguish between the two. For example, if your company is called Integrated Business Management, you would not want to register a domain name of "IBM". This would be a sure fire way of inducing a trademark dispute!


16. Once I have a domain name secured, how long will I own the domain for?

Provided that there are no trademark disputes, and that the annual fees are maintained, your secured domain name will be yours indefinitely. As long as you wish to use it, it will be yours.


I registered my name at your site and now I want to change my DNS and/or other information

When you register a domain name, you are sent an e-mail with a password as well as instructions on how to change your information. If you don't have the password that was sent to you by email, go here. Once you have a password, go here and use your Usernameand the password (you got into the email) in the "Password:" field. You will then able to access your account records and fill in the appropriate DNS information.



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