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Domain Name & Registration

In simple words, a domain name is nothing but the name (URL) of your website. No two websites in the world can have same domain name with same TLD extension like .com, .org, .info etc. Normally, when you sign-up for web hosting solutions, a hosting firm may offer enticing hosting deals with free domain registration as a part of the package too, but it may not be the case with every host.

A domain name should not only be easy to recall, but should be simple to type; just imagine yourself typing in a long irritating URL and the chances of typing it correctly every time.

If you are planning to launch a website, thorough understanding of domain names is very crucial. At the same time, if you're planning to offer domain registration and hosting services to your customers, you also require a good understanding of domain registration and renewal process.

Once the domain name is registered, it gets included in a big register of records containing other domain names, and this database is maintained by ICANN. Apart from the name of the domain, other information like IP address is also fed to a DNS server (Domain Name System), and this system tells all other computer systems connected to Internet about a domain's name and its IP address.

How to Register a Domain?


Domain Registration

Customers can visit the website of any domain registrar like GoDaddy and simply feed in the domain name of their choice to check the availability. But, before you book a domain, you must make sure that you know the ground rules of the domain name length and format.

After feeding the name of your choice, results would pop up indicating whether the name has already been taken up by someone else... If that happens to be the case, then you may try different TLD extensions like .org, .com, .info or .net with the same domain name, but that may not be a good idea in case you want to establish that as a brand (due to the existence of another website with same domain but different TLD extension).

PA thumb rule here would be to look for .com extension availability, and ignore that particular domain name if the .com extension has already been booked. However, if the .com extension is available, but .info or .org has been booked by someone else, you may still consider registering the .com extension for launching your website.

How to choose a Domain Name?


Domain Name

Keep the name simple and crisp and something closely related to your business. Jot down a probable list of such names. If you're struggling to find a good name, try coming up with ideas closely related to the services offered by you. You can also look for catchy phrases in your brochures or promotional pamphlets.

If you want a particular set of Internet users to visit your site, you should try coming up with a domain name that is as closely related to the keyword your prospect visitors would type in the search engines, as possible... This does wonders in terms of boosting website traffic over the long run.

Domain Renewal and Deletion Process


Renewal and Deletion

Customers need to understand that they may lose ownership of the domain if they don't renew it 24 hours prior to date of expiry. Once the domain registration expires, it goes into a pool, where all such expiring domains are kept, and such domains can be back-ordered, or purchased through auctions. A very common example is GoDaddy's expired domain auction that constantly lists expiring domains on daily basis. If nobody picks an expiring domain, then it's released into the common pool, and made available for registration again. So, even if you fail to renew your domain on time, there's a good chance of getting them back, during this grace period, but your registrar may charge you an extra amount for getting it back! As a registrar, you should keep an eye on all expiring domains of your customers, and try to preserve those whom you deem to be very precious (for instance, if you accidentally happen to see a valuable domain like expiring, then you may want to grab it at all costs) because you may be able to sell such domain names for thousands and perhaps even millions of dollars .