Domain Hosting

Written by Amy Hall
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A domain name is the address that users will enter into their web browser (like Internet Explorer or Netscape) to access your website. Domain hosting is when a web hosting company hosts your website for you, with the option of registering your domain name for you, if you have not already registered your name seperately.

Most domain names end in the ".com" extension (called a TLD, top-level domains), which is most common for commercial sites. Nonprofit organizations might prefer using ".org," while educational sites use ".edu." Rules for registering domains with these TDLs vary from one domain hosting company to another.

Important Facts to Keep in Mind

While many web hosting companies will register your domain name for you when you open an account, you may prefer to do it seperately. The reason being is that these internet hosting providers do not always have the most competitive rates. Another reason is that if you later decide to move your site to another host, you will already be familiar with domain name administration and you will have full control over it.

The minimum period for which you can register a domain name is one year. It is important to renew a domain name before it expires, as you could lose it to somebody else. You may even consider registering your domain name before your site is running, thus ensuring that you get to use the name you want before it is taken.

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