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Domain Name

If you wish to develop a site, this implies that you need a domain name. A domain is a human-identifiable name that you write in your browser's address bar when you wish to reach a certain web site.

Why Do You Need a Domain?

This is a subject I bring up because one week ago my boss came up with the idea of developing a website for our new venture. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he needs a web site, but does not know yet what it should look like, what it should encompass, etc. All that he told me was the name of the site - its domain. Thus, we now have an Internet address for a future website and nothing more.

The Domain Name

Each website is located on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own personal physical address, popular also as an Internet Protocol address. Accessing a web site by writing the Internet Protocol address of the physical server in your browser, though, is not the best and most appropriate thing to do, so that was how and why domains came into existence. Hence, a domain pertains to an IP on the World Wide 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. 50Webs Web Hosting has an optimal solution for my present and prospective projects - they have a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting plan at a later time - when my boss eventually decides what function the website will serve.

Hence, to register a domain, you need to choose a name for your web site. Then, you need to choose a top-level domain name - this is what follows the dot. For example, in 'ehow.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Clearly, '.com' stands for 'company', '.net' stands for 'network', '.org' stands for 'organization', etc.

After you've picked your domain name and your future domain name registrar, you have to check whether the domain you want to register is available for registration, because somebody else might have registered it before you, no matter how annoying this might be. Each domain name registration supplier, including 50Webs, has a search tool at their sign-up page, which ascertains the availability of a given domain. To go ahead with the registration of a domain name, you need to fill in some registrant info - the name, the physical address, the mail address and the phone number of the registrant of the domain.

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

I registered .com, .net, .eu and .name domain names for our project, as per the request of my still-uncertain-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-website boss. I tested the domain administration dashboard 50Webs is offering and found it extremely convenient - everything is neatly arranged and, from what I saw in the hosting Control Panel demo at their site, once we upgrade to a low-cost web hosting package, it will remain the same, but with many more features. This, thank heavens, will save me quite a bit of discomfort from having to administer my domain name and web hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make a decision about at least what the web site should include, I was glad to find that the domain name management dashboard offers DNS administration and domain renewal options, and - an extremely valuable feature (!) - a parked domain template, which I used in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Specific TLDs

I was pretty pleased to see that 50Webs is offering multiple country-code Top-Level Domains, as the project the site is aimed for is multinational. Country-code TLDs are handed over to national registry operators, which allow domain name registration suppliers to register domains, typically at prices that are lower than those offered to the end customers. There are numerous country-code top-level domain names: .co.uk for the UK, .se for Sweden, .es for Spain, .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I am assured, will make my boss happy because we will be able to create a local version of the web site for each country where the project will be introduced.

TLDs 1-year 2-years with Hosting
.COM (Commercial) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD FREE
.NET (Network) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD FREE
.US (United States) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD FREE
.INFO (Information) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD FREE
.ORG (Non-Commercial) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD FREE
.CN (China) $46.00 USD $92.00 USD $46.00 USD
.ASIA (Asia) $17.00 USD $34.00 USD $17.00 USD
.JP (Japan) $57.00 USD N/A $57.00 USD
.ME (Montenegro) $28.00 USD $56.00 USD $28.00 USD
.AT (Austria) $27.00 USD N/A $27.00 USD