What is a domain name?
A domain name is an Internet address (example absolutedomainnames.com): it is similar to a customized license plate or a permanent phone number or address. A domain name also allows you to receive e-mail at a customized e-mail address. If your organization's name is ACME, Inc., you could register the domain name ACME.COM, and people could visit your site by typing the address "www.acme.com" into their Web browser. Absolutedomainnames.com is an example of a Domain Name. A Domain is also an important part of an email address.
A domain name is a unique name given to each website on the Internet in order to remember it easily and allow other computers to find it easily. Without a domain name, Internet users around the world won't be able to find your website.
A domain name can be any name you wish, but:
- The only characters allowed are letters, digits and the (-).
- A domain name cannon begin or end with a dash (-).
- Spaces are not allowed. You may want to use the dash (-) instead.
- Domain names can now be up to 67 characters in length, including the 4 characters in the Top Level Domain (.COM, .NET, .ORG) (www. is NOT part of a domain name. It only identifies a Web Site using that domain name.)
When used for an email address, the Domain Name follows the @ sign and must consist of a top-level and second-level Domain Name.
What is a Top Level domain?
A Top Level domain is the .com ("dot com") or .net ("dot net") part of a domain name. There are currently 3 basic Top Level domains for private individuals and companies to register. Consult the list below to determine the most appropriate top-level domain for your use. These domain are for international use. They are available to individuals or businesses in any country:
- .COM is for commercial, for-profit organizations.
- .NET is for network infrastructure machines and organizations.
- .ORG is for miscellaneous, usually non-profit, organizations.
In addition to the above international names, there are two letter country domains which are controlled by the registering agency in each country, for example, .uk in the United Kingdom and .ca in Canada.
When you choose a domain name, you must also select a Top Level domain. Due to the shortage of .com domain names, it has become acceptable for all businesses and organizations to use the .net Top Level domain.
What is a URL?
The term URL means Uniform Resource Locator. This is the string of information that lets people locate specific sites on the Internet. A URL is unique -- meaning that no two are exactly alike. It is a description of a computer's location on the Internet much like your home address describes your location within a city. An example of a URL is http://www.absolutedomainnames.com. You could enter the URL "http://188.8.131.52/" in your browser to open a web page, but "http://absolutedomainnames.com/" is much easier. When you enter "www.absolutedomainnames.com", the request is sent to your provider's DNS Server. It asks "What is the number for www.absolutedomainnames.com?" The DNS server tell it where www is on it's network. So a domain name is like a listing in a very big telephone book. Some other examples of domain names are:
Computers communicate on the Internet using TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol). The part that interests us at this time is IP. An example of an IP number is 184.108.40.206. An IP number is basically a telephone nubmer on the Internet. Any computer on the Internet must have an IP number either static or dynamic. Like phone numbers, IP numbers are easy to forget, so we like to use a more humane way of displaying these number. This kinder, friendlier approach requires a DNS (Domain Name Server) to look up names and return IP numbers that are needed to find each computer.
A Name Server is a computer that has the capability to translate, or resolve, the domain names we see and use in our browser windows into IP numbers. A name server translates these letters (absolutedomainnames.com) into the IP number 220.127.116.11 any time a computer or web surfer is directed to our website.
Every site on the Internet must have an address. As the use of the Internet grows, addressing and how people find you becomes one of the most critical choices a Company or Individual must make. A Domain Name is a key part of your address.
A Domain Name is part of the Domain Name System (DNS) which is a set of guidelines an drules developed by the Internet Community at large. It allows the use of "Words" instead of complex strings of numbers to go from on place to the next on the Internet.
What are the rules for creating a Domain Name?
A domain name can be up to 67 characters long -- including the characters used to identify the Top Level Domain (.NET, .COM, .ORG, etc.). Domain names are not case sensitive. When entering the domain name you want, do not include "www" or "http." You should, however, put .com, .net, .org etc.at the end of the domain name.
If your first choice is not available, consider looking up the same name with a slight variation, or a different ending.
Example: yourname.com is not available? Try yourname.net
The only valid characters for a domain name are letters, numbers and a hyphen "-". Other special characters like the underscore "_" or an exclamation mark "!" are NOT permitted.
How do I get a domain name?
Internic is the organization that registers the international Top Level domains .com, .net and .org. If you have two domain servers to host your domain name, you may register your name. To start the process by searching for a domain name just CLICK HERE.
What if the name I want to use is already taken?
It means that someone on the Internet has already secured that name for his or her own site, and that name is probably gone. You may try a slight variation on that name, think up a new one, register the same name with a different domain extension or visit us again to check again for another name.
Once a domain is registered, who "owns" the domain name?
The "owner" of a domain name is the original administrative contact listed at the time of registration, regardless of whether the administrative contact information has been changed since then. In other words, the owner of a domain name is the individual whose name and contact information was initially associated with the username and password profile for the domain name.
If the administrative contact information has been changed since the original registration, the most recent administrative contact information entered will be visible in the WHOIS record. However, this information may not be that of the actual owner of the domain name.
Where will my domain name reside, as soon as it is registered?
Your domain name will be held at a nameserver until you choose a hosting service. Once you have found a hosting service, that company will be able to transfer the domain name to your virtual server.
Where can I "Park" my new domain for free until I find a hosting company?
We have found a site on the Internet that will "Park" or allow you to use their servers as your "Primary" and "Secondary" DNS servers for free until you find a hosting service, granting that you will not abuse their service. The site is called "The Public DNS Service", just visit http://www.granitecanyon.com and read all about it.
How do I transfer a domain name?
There are several steps to the transfer process. To simplify, the seller has to complete a Registrant Name Change Agreement (RNCA) (from Network Solutions), have the document notarized and forwarded to the buyer. The buyer then completes the RNCA form and sends it to an assigned ICANN accredited domain name registrar (ie. Network Solutions, Register.com, Internet Domain Registrats, etc...). The transfer process usually takes a couple of weeks. For other forms and information from Network Solutions about name changes, contact info changes etc... go here.