Registering a Domain

If you would like to register your domain, head over to GoDaddy or Search Google for a domain registrar. In the past some domain registering services would charge as much as $35 a year, like, but competition from other firms has driven down prices to around $8-$15. These prices make it much easier and cheaper for companies and individuals to secure all domain extensions that include their name.

Domain name can end with .com .net .org .biz .(country) like .ca .us .jp .fr etc... that is up to you to choose and also what is available. You might also come across domain names that are taken but not used. This means that someone bought the name but is not using it and is willing to sell it to anyone for a price. Some hosting services offer in their deal to register you for free or with a small fee. So it is a good idea to read about your hosting provider before you go on and register your domain name. But still if you already have your domain name and join a hosting service, you can import your domain name to your account.

The only way to register and start using a domain name is to use the services of a domain name registrar. The domain name industry is regulated and overseen by ICANN, the organization that is responsible for certifying companies as domain name registrars. At one time there was only one domain name registrar - Network Solutions, Inc. - but today there are dozens of accredited registrars. Only a domain name registrar is permitted to access and modify the master database of domain names maintained by InterNIC. The master database contains the documentation on all of the domain names registered to date. InterNIC provides a list of accredited domain name registrars.

You will need to determine the top level domain name you will wish to use with your site, such as .com, .net and .org. It is important to pick a top level domain that goes hand in hand with your websites content. If your website offers purely information, you may opt for a .info name, or if it is purely commercial you may opt for a .com name.
- Choose a name that is brandable
- Choose a name that is easy to remember

While each Registrar may have slightly different requirements in terms of the information you will need to provide when registering a domain name, a registration generally requires 5 pieces of information:-

A) Registrant

B) Administrative Contact

C) Technical Contact

D) Billing Contact

E) DNS Server Settings

Finally, be sure to pick a reputable registrar to register your domain name with. Your domain name will be the gateway to your website, and you want to make sure that you will receive the support you require with it.

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