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Domain Name

If you desire to establish a site, this implies that you require a domain name. A domain name is a human-memorable name that you write in your web browser's address bar when you want to access a given website.

Why Do You Need a Domain Name?

This is a question I touch on because one week ago my boss came up with the idea of developing a web site for our brand new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he needs a site, but has not decided yet what it should look like, what it should contain, and so on. All that he revealed to me was the name of the web site - its domain name. So, we now have an Internet address for a yet-to-be-made site and nothing else.

The Domain

Each website is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, popular also as an IP address. Reaching a web site by writing the IP of the physical server in your browser, however, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domains came into being. Therefore, a domain name pertains to an IP on the Internet. Once it has been registered, that is.

Registering a Domain

To register a domain name, you first need to settle on a domain registration provider. NTChosting.com has an optimal solution for my present and prospective projects - they have a Domain Manager plan, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting plan at a later time - when my boss finally makes up his mind about what objective the website will have.

So, to register a domain name, you need to select a name for your web site. After that, you have to select a TLD - this is what follows the dot. For example, in 'usps.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Apparently, '.com' denotes 'company', '.net' denotes 'network', '.org' denotes 'organization', and so on and so forth.

Once you've picked your domain name and your future domain registrar, you have to discover whether the domain name you would like to register is available for registration, because someone else might have seized it before you, however embarrassing it might be. Each domain registrar, including NTChosting.com, has a search functionality at their signup page, which ascertains the availability of a particular domain. To go on with the registration of a domain name, you need to fill in certain domain registrant details - the name, the physical address, the electronic mail address and the phone number of the registrant of the domain.

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

I registered .com, .net, .name and .info domain names for our venture, as per the request of my still-hesitating-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-site boss. I tried out the domain name administration interface NTChosting.com is offering and found it very easy to use - everything is logically organized and, from what I saw in the hosting CP demo at their website, after we upgrade to a shared web hosting plan, it will remain the same, but with many more functionalities. This, thank God, will spare me quite a lot of discomfort from having to administer my domain and website hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make a decision about at least what the web site should comprise, I was happy to find that the domain management tool offers DNS management and domain name renewal options, and - an extremely handy functionality (!) - a parked domain name template, which I used in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Specific TLDs

I was very glad to find that NTChosting.com is offering a lot of country-code TLDs, because the project the web site is intended for is international. Country-specific Top-Level Domains are delegated to national registries, which allow registrar companies to register domains, typically at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end users. There are a lot of country-code domains: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .me for Montenegro, .nl for the Netherlands, .us for the USA, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I am sure, will please my boss because we will be able to create a local version of the website for each country where the project will be introduced.