Q. What does it mean to register a domain name?
A. Basically, this means that the domain name is checked against a central database to ensure that no one actually owns it yet. Once this search has been conducted, you are free to add your information to this database as the new owner of your domain name. Of course, you simply fill out the order form on your registrar; all of the technical steps are handled behind the scenes and automatically.
Q. What makes for a good domain?
A. This really depends on who you ask and the purpose of your website. Generally, a shorter domain name (one to three words) is better since it will be easier to remember. You also want to choose a domain which actually represents you or your business. For more guidelines on this topic, please be sure to look at our articles regarding choosing a great domain name.
Q. What other features are included from a domain registrar?
A. A registrar may include many additional features, or none; it really depends upon the company. This can include a wide selection of hosting plans, a large number of available domains and even tools which can help you to easily build a website. This is one of the reasons why you really need to research what each registrar is offering. If you are beginner, it might be a good idea to go with a large registrar that offers everything: hosting plans, large number of domain names, website builders, email service, etc… GoDaddy and 1&1 are a great examples of these types of services.
Q. Can I resell my domain name?
A. Once you have purchased and registered your domain, it is yours for however long you purchased it for. This means that you can build a site on it, park it and do nothing, or even sell it. Once the domain name is sold, you will likely need to contact your registrar in order to have them start the process of transferring it to the buyer.
Q. Is it very expensive to register a domain name?
A. No. Many people are under the false impression that is expensive to register a domain name. In reality, a new domain should only cost around $10 to $20 per year. That being said, there are existing domains which people have purchased already and are now attempting to sell at auction. These can go for very high prices. Premium domains, which were also already registered at one point in time, can also go for higher prices. Keep in mind, however, that it is not recommended to buy a premium domain or a domain name at auction unless you have a bit more experience in online marketing.
Q. I just tried to purchase my business name as a domain name but it was already taken! What can I do?
A. Unfortunately, a domain name does not wait around for whoever might be the most logical owner. It is quite possible that the name of your business or company has already been purchased for use as a domain name. In some cases, a person or business may have grabbed this domain name solely for the purpose of selling it back to you at a higher price. In this case, you may be able to file a dispute or complaint with ICANN (the company which stands behind domain registrars). Otherwise, it’s time to get creative and consider other options for your business domain name.
Q. What is ICANN?
A. ICANN is a non-profit corporation which is assuming certain responsibilities for coordinating technical functions on the internet. One of these functions is the management of the internet domain name system.
Q. I have been noticing domains which end in two letters, like .au or .hk. What are these and what are the rules for registering them?
A. These two letter domains are called country code top level domains. They correspond to a country or other geographic location. For the question above, the au represents Australia and the hk, Hong Kong. The rules will vary based on the country and the policies of your registrar. In many cases, only citizens (or businesses) of that particular country will be allowed to register those domains.
Q. If I ever have problems or questions related to my domain name registration, who should I contact?
A. If there are ever problems or questions, you want to contact the company you used to register your domain name. This is even more reason to research your registrar thoroughly and ensure that they have excellent customer service.
Q. What If I can’t find my question here?
A. If you have any further questions regarding domain name services, we welcome you to peruse our list of helpful informational articles written by our expert staff. You’re also invited to contact us with feedback, suggestions or inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.