If you want to establish a website, this means that you require a domain name. A domain is an easy-to-memorize name that you type in your web browser's address bar when you would like to visit a specific web page.
This is an issue I bring up due to the fact that a week ago my boss brought forth the idea of developing a website for our brand new venture. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a site, but does not know yet what it should look like, what it should encompass, etc. All that he revealed to me was the name of the site - its domain name. So, we now have a web address for a yet-to-be-established website and nothing else.
Each website is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address, popular also as an Internet Protocol address. Visiting a site by typing the IP address of the physical server in your web browser, however, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into existence. Therefore, a domain corresponds to an IP on the World Wide Web. Once it has been registered, of course.
To register a domain name, you first need to choose a domain registrar. NTChosting has the best solution for my present and prospective projects - they provide a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting package at a later time - when my boss finally reaches a decision about what purpose the web site will have.
So, to register a domain, you have to pick a name for your site. Next, you need to pick a top-level domain name - this is what comes after the dot. For instance, in 'chase.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Obviously, '.com' stands for 'company', '.net' stands for 'network', '.org' stands for 'organization', and so on.
Once you've chosen your domain and your future domain registrar, you have to discover whether the domain name you wish to register is free, because someone else might have taken it before you, no matter how annoying this might be. Each domain name registration supplier, including NTChosting, has a tool at their signup page, which checks the availability of a given domain. To move ahead with the registration of a domain name, you have to fill out some domain registrant information - the name, the address, the electronic mail address and the phone number of the registrant of the domain.
I registered .com, .net, .name and .biz domain names for our project, according to the request of my still-hesitant-about-the-function-of-the-future-site boss. I tested the domain administration tool NTChosting is offering and found it extremely useful - everything is coherently organized and, from what I saw in the Control Panel demo at their web site, after we upgrade to a dedicated web hosting package, it will remain the same, just with many more functionalities. This, thank heavens, will spare me quite a bit of discomfort from having to manage my domain name and web site hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to reach a decision about at least what the web site should contain, I was pleased to discover that the domain name management tool contains DNS management and domain renewal options, and - a very convenient functionality (!) - a parked domain name template, which I used in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.
I was pretty happy to see that NTChosting is offering multiple country-code Top-Level Domains, since the project the site is aimed for is international. Country-code Top-Level Domains are delegated to local registry operators, which enable domain registration providers to register domain names, usually at rates that are cheaper than those offered to the end clients. There are many country-specific TLDs: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .se for Sweden, .me for Montenegro, .us for the USA, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I presume, will please my boss since we will be able to prepare a local version of the web site for each country where the project will be presented.
|Universal TLDs||1-year||2-years||10-years||with Hosting|
|.COM (Commercial)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.NET (Network)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.BIZ (Business)||$11.45 USD||$22.90 USD||$114.50 USD|
|.ORG (Non-Commercial)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.INFO (Information)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|