Register a Domain
If you wish to build a website, this means that you need a domain name. A domain is an easy-to-memorize name that you write in your browser's URL bar when you want to look up a particular site.
Why Do You Require a Domain?
This is a topic I touch on because a week ago my boss suggested the idea of developing a website for our new venture. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a site, but has not reached a decision yet about what it should look like, what it should contain, and so on. All that he revealed to me was the name of the website - its domain. Thus, we now have an Internet address for a future web site and nothing more.
Each website is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, known also as an Internet Protocol address. Accessing a website by typing the IP of the physical machine in your browser, though, is not the best and most appropriate thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. Hence, a domain corresponds to an IP address on the World Wide Web. Once it has been registered, of course.
Registering a Domain Name
To register a domain, you first need to select a domain name registration provider. NTCHosting offers an optimal solution for my current and prospective projects - they provide a Domain Manager package, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a web hosting package later on - when my boss finally determines what objective the website will serve.
Hence, to register a domain name, you have to select a name for your website. After that, you have to select a Top-Level Domain - this is what follows the dot. For instance, in 'vimeo.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Clearly, '.com' denotes 'company', '.net' denotes 'network', '.org' denotes 'organization', and so on and so forth.
Once you've selected your domain and your future domain name registration provider, you need to see whether the domain you would like to register is available for registration, because someone else might have registered it already, no matter how annoying it might be. Each domain registration vendor, including NTCHosting, has a tool at their signup page, which ascertains the availability of a certain domain name. To go ahead with the registration of a domain name, you have to fill in certain domain registrant info - the name, the address, the email address and the telephone number of the domain's owner.
You've Registered a Domain Name... Now What?
I registered .com, .net, .info and .org domains for our venture, according to the desire of my still-uncertain-about-the-function-of-the-future-website boss. I tested the domain name management interface NTCHosting is offering and found it extremely user-friendly - everything is neatly ordered and, from what I saw in the web hosting Control Panel demo at their site, once we upgrade to a low-cost hosting plan, it will remain the same, but with many more functionalities. This, thank goodness, will spare me quite a bit of discomfort from having to manage my domain name and hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to reach a decision about at least what the website should contain, I was pleased to discover that the domain name administration tool contains DNS management and domain name renewal options, and - an extremely 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 very glad to discover that NTCHosting is offering many country-specific top-level domain names, because the project the web site is meant for is international. Country-specific Top-Level Domains are delegated to national registries, which enable domain registration companies to register domains, usually at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end clients. There are many country-code domain names: .co.uk for the UK, .se for Sweden, .me for Montenegro, .us for the USA, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I suppose, will please my boss because we will be able to create a local version of the web site for each country where the project will be introduced.
|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|