It is very clear for many people they understand a lot about their web address but have very scanty information on their domain names. In short, you must have the domain name world demystified. A domain is essentially a readable name and unique in itself forming the foundation for email and web addresses. Through a domain, emails, applications and web pages can easily be pooled together. Domain names are made up of two unique parts namely the label and TLD or top-level domain and takes the form of label.tld. TLDs are of different types, such as country TLDs like .au, .in, .uk or .nl and general TLDs like the ubiquitous .org, .net and .com.
Today, general TLDs can be used by virtually anyone who buys and registers them although initially, they were created for certain purposes like the network description in .net, commercial in .com and .org for NGOs. It is also important to notice domain names are insensitive to a combination of lower and upper case or simply case insensitive. Even if upper and lower cases are combined, for instance YahOO.coM, it will always resolve itself to yahoo.com.
Of importance is that domain names are leased and registered for 12 months or more. In some cases, the registration happens through companies acting as registrars. Lots organizations manage domain registration with so many bodies associated with most of the TLDs out there. General top-level domains are handled and controlled by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Regional and national bodies for TLD authorizations are many, such as Nominet for the UK and CENTR (Council of European National top-Level Domain Registries) for other European nations.
After the registration of a domain name, it is then available for the specific period it has been leased. After expiry, you are given a chance to renew and continue using it or else it will lapse and go back to the market where in most cases, it gets sold again very fast.
Days After Finding A Domain Name
After you have found the domain name you have always wanted, you must do something with it otherwise you could lose it, especially if you have not registered it. To use it, the domain has to be attached to web hosting and email if it will be of any use.
Remember the domain name is essentially a registered title or name within a specific directory. A generic page is assigned to it such that if it is entered into a web browser, a page comes up informing anyone who is looking at it that it has been registered and usually full of adverts from the registrar offering onlookers the chance to register domain names for their own usage.
Those who may not have hosting as well as domain and web services must select one. This is the reason lots of registrar companies spread over the internet provide services in packages with web hosting and email service included. You can also search and register as many domain names as you might want for your own investments.
For brand protection, you can reserve all the open top-level TLDs generally available for the label you have selected, including those of the relevant country TLD. This means if you are in China, it is preferable to reserve the .org, .com, .net, .co.cn and the .cn as well.
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Bob Jordan, former basketball player now finds joy in writing about business and marketing strategies. He loves watching basketball on TV during leisure time and writing articles for Name Perfection.