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If you would like to create a website, this implies that you need a domain . A domain name is a human-recognizable name that you write in your browser's URL bar when you wish to see a given web portal.

Why Do You Require a Domain Name?

This is an issue I bring up because of the fact that one week ago my boss proposed the idea of building a web site for our brand new venture. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a site, but has not made up his mind yet about what it should look like, what it should comprise, etc. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the site - its domain name. So, we now have an Internet address for a yet-to-be-created site and nothing aside from that.

The Domain

Each web site is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, known also as an IP address. Paying a visit to a site by typing the Internet Protocol address of the physical machine in your web browser, however, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. So, a domain corresponds to an IP on the web. After it has been registered, of course.

Registering a Domain Name

To register a cheap domain name, you first have to pick a domain registration provider. NTC Hosting offers the best solution for my current and prospective projects - they have a Domain Manager package, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a hosting plan later on - when my boss eventually makes up his mind about what function the web site will have.

So, to register a domain, you need to select a name for your web site. After that, you have to select a TLD - this is what follows the dot. For instance, in 'cnet.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Clearly, '.com' denotes 'company', '.net' denotes 'network', '.org' denotes 'organization', and so on and so forth.

Once you've picked your domain name and your future domain registrar, you have to determine whether the domain name you want to register is free, since somebody else might have taken it already, no matter how embarrassing it might be. Each domain name registration supplier, including NTC Hosting , offers a search functionality at their signup page, which checks the availability of a certain domain name. To go ahead with the registration of a domain name, you need to specify certain domain registrant details - the name, the place of residence, the email and the phone number of the owner of the domain name.

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

I registered .com , .net , .eu and .biz domains for our project, according to the wish of my still-hesitant-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-site boss. I tested the domain name administration interface NTC Hosting is offering and found it extremely intuitive - everything is logically arranged and, from what I noticed in the hosting CP demo at their web site, once we upgrade to a VPS web hosting package, it will stay the same, but with many more functionalities. This, thank God, will save me quite a bit of inconvenience from having to manage my domain and website hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make up his mind about at least what the website should contain, I was pleased to find that the domain administration interface offers DNS management 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-Specific Top-Level Domain Names

I was quite pleased to find that NTC Hosting is offering a lot of country-specific Top-Level Domains, since the project the website is meant for is international. Country-specific Top-Level Domains are handed over to local registries, which enable registrar companies to register domain names, usually at rates that are cheaper than those offered to the end users. There are many country-code domains: .co.uk for the UK, .me for Montenegro, .de for Germany, .us for the USA, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I believe, will make my boss happy because we will be able to set up a local version of the website for each country where the project will be presented.