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How to register a domain name

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  cricketliu's Photo
Posted Sep 14 2009 12:52 PM

First, find out which registrars can register your domain name. For the generic top-level domains, this is easy: there's a list of registrars accredited by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, at http://www.icann.org...dited-list.html. For other domains, start at http://www.norid.no/domreg.html: each entry is a link to the registry for that particular top-level domain. While the registry may not process registration requests, most registries provide links to their registrars on their web sites.

Next, choose a registrar. The registrars for a single top-level domain may offer different prices for registration and various associated services, such as hosting your zone on their name servers. For the gTLDs (com, net, and org), the cost of registration is usually between $15 and $35 annually (the wholesale price -- which you can't get, even if you "know someone in the business" -- is $6 per year). For other TLDs, the cost varies considerably.

Finally, register your domain name with the registrar. This is almost invariably a web-based process that involves specifying the domain name you want to register: personal information, such as your name, address, phone number and email address, and the domain names of the name servers you'll use (and possibly their IP addresses). Oh, and some means of allowing the registrar to bill you.

Choose your registrar wisely, and not solely on the basis of price. Some registrars offer notoriously poor customer service, and transferring to a different registrar is much more difficult than simply making the right decision the first time. Ask for recommendations from friends and colleagues, check newsgroups for sad tales of woe and, hypothetically, laudatory postings. And make sure you can work with the registrar the way you want to: using a web-based interface, if that's what you prefer, or via fax or a toll-free number (that they answer promptly).

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  forum12_9723's Photo
Posted Apr 05 2013 09:29 PM

Before choosing a domain names you have to consider the factors given below:
1) Domain names should be unique and always choose short domain name.
2) Don't use hyphens and numbers in your domain name.
3) Choose the name that should be relevant with the content of your website for (e.g)if your website is about beauty equipments like makeup kits, cosmetics etc... you can choose your domain name as Beautyqn.com and so on.
4) While choosing domain extension try to get the domain names in .com or .net or .org.
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  Silvana1's Photo
Posted May 19 2013 09:29 PM

Thanks for sharing. When selecting a domain name it should be catchy, short and memorable, easy to type, remember and memorable. I registered my domain name from Go Daddy; which is a well respected domain registrar on the Web. For more details you should visit http://www.SimpleWebsiteTutorials.com, where they give good tips about domain registration and how to create a domain name.
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  smartblogger's Photo
Posted Jun 21 2013 01:37 AM

Here's more detail on registering your domain name.

Check Availability (opens in new window)

This is where you check that your preferred domain name hasn't already been registered by somebody else. A domain name can only be registered to one person at any one time, so if someone else has already registered it, you won't be able to (or you can put it on back order). Of course, the good thing about this is that, once you register your own domain name, nobody else can get it - it's yours for as long as you want it to be!

If the domain is not available, try again using an alternative name.
If the domain is available, continue to checkout.

This part is just like purchasing any other product online. You simply follow the prompts through to the checkout. You may be offered related products, such as similar domain names or different top level domains. To add these to your order, click "YES! Add these to my order.". Otherwise click "Continue to checkout".


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  Robertbrans's Photo
Posted Sep 22 2013 08:58 PM

Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It is a must necessity of having a domain name for the business or any work. The step and points mentioned are nice, but the important factor is to check the availability of the domain name and there are other aspects as well like, it should be short, unique and must be relevant to the topic. There are many domain name registrar who provides domain name. Have a Domain name and enjoy.