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Domain Name

If you wish to establish a web site, this implies that you require a domain name. A domain name is a human-recognizable name that you write in your web browser's URL bar when you wish to visit a certain web page.

Why Do You Need a Domain Name?

This is a subject I approach because of the fact that one week ago my boss proposed the idea of creating a website for our brand new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he needs a website, 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 website - its domain name. Thus, we now have a web address for a yet-to-be-launched website and nothing more.

The Domain Name

Each web site is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own personal physical address, popular also as an Internet Protocol address. Paying a visit to a site by writing the IP of the physical server in your browser, though, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into existence. Hence, a domain corresponds to an IP on the World Wide Web. After it has been registered, that is.

Registering a Domain

To register a domain, you first have to settle on a domain name registration provider. 50Webs Web Hosting offers an optimal solution for my present and prospective projects - they have a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting package later on - when my boss finally makes up his mind about what objective the web site will serve.

Thus, to register a domain name, you need to select a name for your site. After that, you have to pick a TLD - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'dhl.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Obviously, '.com' is an abbreviation for 'company', '.net' is an abbreviation for 'network', '.org' is an abbreviation for 'organization', and so on.

Once you've selected your domain name and your future domain name registration provider, you have to check whether the domain you want to register is available for registration, because somebody else might have seized it already, however unpleasant this might be. Each domain name registrar, including 50webs, has a search functionality at their signup page, which checks the availability of a certain domain. To go on with the registration of a domain, you need to fill out some registrant information - the name, the address, the email and the phone number of the registrant of the domain name.

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

I registered .com, .net, .eu and .name domains for our venture, according to the request of my still-hesitating-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-website boss. I tried out the domain name administration interface 50webs is offering and found it extremely user-friendly - everything is neatly organized and, from what I noticed in the web hosting CP demo at their site, once we upgrade to a VPS web hosting package, it will remain the same, just with many more features. This, thank heavens, will save me quite a bit of inconvenience from having to administer my domain and hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to reach a decision about at least what the web site should comprise, I was pleased to find that the domain administration interface contains DNS administration and domain renewal options, and - a very handy feature (!) - a parked domain template, which I used in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Code Top-Level Domains

I was very pleased to discover that 50webs is offering numerous country-specific Top-Level Domains, since the project the website is aimed for is multinational. Country-code top-level domain names are handed over to domestic registry operators, which allow domain registration vendors to register domains, usually at prices that are lower than those offered to the end users. There are plenty of country-code top-level domain names: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .me for Montenegro, .de for Germany, .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I am positive, will make my boss happy since we will be able to set up a local version of the site for each country where the project will be introduced.