Web Hosting FAQs - Domain Name

Q: What is a Domain Name?

A: domain name identifies one or more IP addresses. For example, the domain name hostsearch.com represents certain IP addresses. The domain names are used in URL to identify particular Web pages. For example, in the URL http://www.hostsearch.com, the domain name is "hostsearch.com". Once the domain name is registered to a person or company, it is that person's to use exclusively as long as they continue to pay the yearly renewal fee.

Q: How do I choose a good domain name?

A: A domain name is an extension of your previous business or a simple way of identifying your new business, either way. There are certain items you need to be aware of. Make sure that the name coincides with your identity and is something easy to remember and can be easily related to your company or the products/services of your company.

Q: How do I get a domain name?

A: You must purchase a domain name from a Domain Name Registrar and it is highly advisable that you purchase it from an ICAAN registered Domain Name Regsitrar.

Q: What is ICANN?

A: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a technical coordination body for the Internet. Created in October 1998 by a broad coalition of the Internet's business, technical, academic, and user communities, ICANN is assuming responsibility for a set of technical functions previously performed under U.S. government contract by IANA and other groups.

Specifically, ICANN coordinates the assignment of the following identifiers that must be globally unique for the Internet to function:
  • Internet domain names
  • IP address numbers
  • protocol parameter and port numbers

Q: How much should a domain name registration service cost?

A: The cost to register a Domain Name can vary from Domain Name Registrar to Domain Name Regsitrar depending on the additional services they provide in conjunction with the purchase of a Domain Name. For example, Network Solutions is charging $35 / year for a domain name.

Q: What additional services can I get when I register a domain name?

A: Actually, it depends on each company's plan. However, possible services can be
  • Email Forwarding
  • Website Forwarding
  • Under Construction Page
  • Sample Page

Q: What should I do after registering my domain name?

A: After registering, you have to find a web host and create the account with them for the domain name that you registered for. Then, upload your html files if you have any. After that you have to return to your domain name registrar with your Web host's DNS server primary and secondary host names. Remove the old ones and add the new ones. Finally wait up to 72 hours for all this updating to circulate throughout the Internet. You should now be able to receive e-mail and page hits.

Q: How much does a domain name cost?

A: InterNIC charges a $70 fee for every new domain name registration. This entitles you to use the domain name for two years. After that, it will cost $35 per year to renew. The person who registers the name is responsible for paying the fee. Web hosting fees are separate.

Q: Who do I pay for the domain name?

A: InterNIC usually sends the invoice directly to you. You can pay for it by credit card, check, or money order.

Q: What is InterNIC?

A: InterNIC is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It is licensed to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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