Inexpensive Domain Registrations
If you desire to set up a web site, this means that you require a domain name. A domain name is a human-memorable name that you write in your browser's address bar when you wish to look up a particular web page.
Why Do You Need a Domain?
This is an issue I bring up due to the fact that last week my boss came up with the idea of launching a web site for our brand new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a website, but has not decided yet what it should look like, what it should include, etc. All that he revealed to me was the name of the site - its domain. So, we now have a web address for a yet-to-be-made web site and nothing apart from that.
Each web site is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, popular also as an IP address. Reaching a site by typing the IP of the physical server in your web browser, though, is not the best and most appropriate thing to do, so that was how and why domains came into being. Therefore, a domain pertains to an IP address on the web. After it has been registered, that is.
Registering a Domain
To register a cheap domain name, you first need to choose a domain registrar. NTCHosting offers the best solution for my present and future projects - they provide a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a web hosting package later on - when my boss eventually decides what objective the web site will have.
Hence, to register a domain name, you have to pick a name for your site. Next, you need to select a top-level domain name - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'latimes.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Clearly, '.com' signifies 'company', '.net' signifies 'network', '.org' signifies 'organization', and so on and so forth.
Once you've chosen your domain and your future domain registration provider, you need to ascertain whether the domain name you wish to register is available for registration, because somebody else might have grabbed it before you, no matter how annoying this might be. Each domain name registration supplier, including NTCHosting, offers a tool at their signup page, which confirms the availability of a specific domain name. To continue with the registration of a domain name, you need to fill in some domain registrant information - the personal name, the physical address, the electronic mail address and the phone number of the domain name's owner.
You've Registered a Domain Name... Now What?
I registered .com, .net, .eu and .biz domain names for our venture, according to the wish of my still-hesitating-about-the-function-of-the-future-site boss. I tested the domain name management interface NTCHosting is offering and found it very convenient - everything is neatly organized and, from what I saw in the web hosting Control Panel demo at their site, after we upgrade to a dedicated hosting package, it will remain the same, but with a lot more functionalities. This, thank heavens, will save me quite a lot of inconvenience from having to manage my domain and hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make a decision about at least what the site should comprise, I was pleased to find that the domain name management dashboard includes DNS administration and domain renewal options, and - a very handy feature (!) - a parked domain name template, which I used in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.
Country-Code Top-Level Domains
I was rather glad to find that NTCHosting is offering a lot of country-code top-level domain names, as the project the web site is meant for is international. Country-code TLDs are handed over to domestic registry operators, which enable domain name registration providers to register cheap domains, usually at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end users. There are various country-code 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 am sure, will please my boss because we will be able to create a local version of the website 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|