Register a Domain at a Modest Price
If you would like to create a site, this means that you need a domain. A domain is a human-identifiable name that you write in your browser's location bar when you desire to access a specific website.
Why Do You Need a Domain Name?
This is a question I introduce due to the fact that one week ago my boss came up with the idea of setting up a web site for our brand new project. That itself is not a problem, the problem is that he wants a website, but has not reached a decision yet about what it should look like, what it should contain, etc. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the site - its domain name. So, we now have a web address for a future web site and nothing aside from that.
Each website is located on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address, known also as an Internet Protocol address. Visiting a site by typing the Internet Protocol address of the server in your web browser, however, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into existence. Thus, a domain name pertains to an IP on the Internet. After it has been registered, that is.
Registering a Domain Name
To register a domain name, you first need to choose a domain registrar. NTCHosting offers an optimal solution for my present and prospective projects - they provide a Domain Manager plan, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting package later on - when my boss eventually makes up his mind about what purpose the web site will serve.
So, to register a domain, you need to choose a name for your web site. Next, you need to select a Top-Level Domain - this is what follows the dot. For instance, in 'aa.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Apparently, '.com' denotes 'company', '.net' denotes 'network', '.org' denotes 'organization', and so on.
After you've picked your domain and your future domain registrar, you have to check whether the domain name you wish to register is available for registration, because someone else might have registered it already, however embarrassing it might be. Each domain registration supplier, including NTCHosting, has a search tool at their sign-up page, which confirms the availability of a given domain. To continue with the registration of a domain, you need to fill out certain registrant information - the name, the physical address, the e-mail and the phone number of the domain name's registrant.
You've Registered a Domain Name... Now What?
I registered .com, .net, .name and .biz domain names for our venture, as per the desire of my still-unsure-about-the-function-of-the-future-website boss. I tested the domain administration interface NTCHosting is offering and found it very intuitive - everything is logically structured and, from what I saw in the web hosting Control Panel demo at their site, after we upgrade to a budget hosting plan, it will stay the same, just with a lot more functionalities. This, thank God, will spare me quite a lot of inconvenience from having to administer my domain and web site hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make a decision about at least what the site should contain, I was glad to discover that the domain name management tool includes DNS administration and domain renewal options, and - an extremely convenient 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 Domains
I was quite happy to discover that NTCHosting is offering a lot of country-specific TLDs, as the project the web site is aimed for is international. Country-code top-level domain names are delegated to national registries, which enable domain name registration companies to register cheap domain names, usually at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end users. There are many country-code Top-Level Domains: .co.uk for the UK, .it for Italy, .nl for the Netherlands, .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I assume, will make my boss happy since we will be able to set up a local version of the web site 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)||$12.00 USD||$24.00 USD||$120.00 USD|