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Domain Name

If you wish to run a website, this implies that you require a domain name. A domain is an easy-to-remember name that you write in your browser's location bar when you desire to reach a given website.

Why Do You Require a Domain Name?

This is a topic I introduce due to the fact that one week ago my boss brought forth the idea of establishing a site for our brand new venture. That itself is not a problem, the problem is that he needs a website, but does not know yet what it should look like, what it should encompass, and so on. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the web site - its domain. Thus, we now have an address for a yet-to-be-established web site and nothing more.

The Domain

Each website is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address, known also as an IP address. Reaching a web site by typing the IP of the server in your web browser, though, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domains came into being. Thus, a domain corresponds to an IP address on the web. Once it has been registered, of course.

Registering a Domain Name

To register a domain name, you first need to discover a domain registrar. ExclusiveHosting.net has the best solution for my present and future projects - they provide a Domain Manager plan, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting package later on - when my boss finally determines what function the web site will have.

Hence, to register a domain name, you need to select a name for your site. After that, you have to choose a TLD - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'nytimes.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Apparently, '.com' stands for 'company', '.net' stands for 'network', '.org' stands for 'organization', and so on and so forth.

Once you've picked your domain name and your future domain name registrar, you need to verify whether the domain you want to register is free, since someone else might have snatched it already, no matter how annoying this might be. Each domain registration supplier, including ExclusiveHosting.net, has a search tool at their signup page, which ascertains the availability of a certain domain name. To move ahead with the registration of a domain name, you have to specify certain registrant details - the name, the place of residence, the email address and the phone number of the domain's owner.

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

I registered .com, .net, .eu and .name domain names for our venture, as per the desire of my still-uncertain-about-the-function-of-the-future-site boss. I tested the domain name administration interface ExclusiveHosting.net is offering and found it very intuitive - everything is neatly structured and, from what I noticed in the web hosting CP demo at their web site, once we upgrade to a dedicated hosting package, it will remain the same, but with many more functionalities. This, thank goodness, will spare me quite a bit of inconvenience from having to administer my domain name and web hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make up his mind about at least what the site should contain, I was pleased to discover that the domain administration interface includes DNS administration and domain name renewal options, and - a very handy feature (!) - a parked domain 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 quite happy to find that ExclusiveHosting.net is offering lots of country-code TLDs, since the project the site is meant for is multinational. Country-code Top-Level Domains are delegated to local registry operators, which enable domain registration companies to register domains, usually at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end clients. There are various country-specific Top-Level Domains: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .nl for the Netherlands, .it for Italy, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I suppose, will please my boss since we will be able to build a local version of the website for each country where the project will be introduced.