Registering Your Domain Name
Once you have completed the search on your Domain Name and have confirmed that it has not been taken by another party, you will have to register your domain name with a Domain Name Registrar. The cost to do this varies from Registrar to Registrar and the Domain Name can be registered for up to 10 years. You can go to an official Internet registrar on line or search for registrars. Canadian residences can register their ‘.ca’ Domain through CIRA.ca website, and United States residences can register their .’us’ Domain name through domain.com website.
You can either do this yourself, let us up you, or you can find a web-hosting company that will do it for you. Most often web-hosting companies will register your domain on your behalf and offer a variety of website hosting packages and features. These features are very important to consider when signing up with a web hosting company. You need to make sure that the features being offered are best suited for your website needs for today and in the future. These features can include things like, Domain Name Transfer, Domain Name for Life, Multiple Domains, Addon Domains, Sub Domains, Parked Domains, International Domains, Unlimited Bandwidth, Website tools, Free setup, Unlimited Disk Space and Bandwidth, Email Accounts, Database and Programming support for things like shopping carts, and many many other features. You should choose a web-hosting company in the country that your website is being hosted on, otherwise you may run in difficulties if it’s hosted in a foreign country.
What is a Domain Name?
Domain names are identification strings that serve as humanly-memorable names for the internet. The domain name is a component of a URL to access websites. It is a way to identify and locate computers and resources on the internet. It is what you see in the address bar of your browser after the ‘www.’
Domain names consist of two parts. For example ‘mywebsite.com’ the ‘.com’ represents the top level domain and the ‘mywebsite’ represents the second level domain and is the actual name. There are also country specific Top Level Domains such as ‘.ca’ for Canada, ‘.us’ for the United States and ‘.uk’ for United Kingdom and so on. There are also generic top-levels such as ‘.net’ for network, ‘.org’ for organization, and ‘.gov’ for government and so on.
Domain Name Tips:
Your Domain name should be something easy to remember, and the name should represents part of your business or identity. The general public will associate you and your business with a particular service, company or product.
Keep the name as short as possible. The shorter the name, the easier it is to remember. Keep in mind that people need to remember it and it should be easy enough to be typed into the browser. The general rule of thumb is try to keep the name under 7-8 characters.
Domain names can only use letters, numbers, and dashes. Spaces and symbols are not allowed.
Do not use hyphens between words if possible, as it is harder to describe the hyphen out loud, and often many users will probably leave the hyphens out of the name, as it’s difficult to type hyphens.
Domain names are not case sensitive. Do not use domain names that a similar to others, as you want your customers coming to you and not the competitors!