Register Domain Names

Written by Sierra Rein
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Registering domain names is a simple matter, one that can be accomplished by anyone with an internet connection and a web browser. After all, individuals as well as large businesses have the power to register domain names. Some people choose to register family names for fun, while others purchase the rights to personal names as gifts. Some purchase domain names to expand their marketing power online or to establish an ecommerce website.

The Steps to Take to Register a Domain Name

The first task to accomplish before registering a domain name is to arrive at several potential options to choose from. Individuals usually use a combination of their first, middle, and last names, or go with a unique nickname that speaks to their personalities. Companies, on the other hand, typically seek domain names that are relevant to their own business identities.

Indeed, businesses will register domain names that are similar, if not exact, to their registered legal names. This can be effective if the company name is familiar to a large consumer base and can be easily rattled off the tongue. However, it is advised to register acronyms if this name is too long to remember or too difficult for the average consumer to spell. Thus, "Pickadilly's House of Toys and Costumes" can become www.PHOTC.com.

The next phase of the registration process is to find out whether any of the domain name permutations are available to reserve. The best way to do this is to go on a web hosting company or to travel to the WhoIs database site. There, any future domain name owner can check to see whether or not a specific name is already owned. Be sure to check for other available variations like .net, .info, .name, and .org if the name is unavailable as a .com.

Why Should I Register All the Top Level Domain Versions?

If a domain name has the potential to become popular in the future, or if there is another entity vying for the same online identity, it is a good idea for a company to register their name in the most popular TLDs (Top Level Domains). However, the company should never try to register domains with the .gov, .mil, and .edu suffixes, as these are meant for the use of government, military, and educational entities only.

Register Domain Names through a Legitimate Web Registrar

After the proper thought and research has taken place, a domain name can be registered through a website registrar. This registrar has the authority to contact the ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and claim rights to this name on behalf of its new client. The new domain name owner pays a small fee for this service and must renew his or her rights to the name every year.

A good registrar should be able to either provide or recommend a professional web hosting company through which to "park" (or connect) the domain name to a server. This server will then house all coded files, graphics, movies, audio, and animations necessary to publish the site for the public to see. The registrar should also be able to provide other types of registration services, such as private and backorder registering, domain name transfers, autoforwarding, bulk registering, and domain masking.

Possible Problems When Registering a Domain Name

In the past, there have been several lawsuits regarding the ability for certain parties to register specific domain names. These lawsuits usually involve cases of copyright infringement, in which trademarked names are part of the disputed domain names themselves and are being used to prevent or slow down free trade and consumer rates. Other cases include instances where the registered domain name has been used for illegal and unlawful purposes or to distribute potentially dangerous or compromising information to the public. Check with your registration service if you think your domain name has any of the above characteristics.


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