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Domain Name

If you wish to create a web site, this means that you need a domain name. A domain name is an easy-to-memorize name that you type in your web browser's location bar when you desire to reach a particular web portal.

Why Do You Need a Domain Name?

This is a question I broach because this past week my boss brought forth the idea of creating a website for our new venture. 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 told me was the name of the web site - its domain name. So, we now have an address for a yet-to-be-built website and nothing apart from that.

The Domain

Each website is located on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address, popular also as an Internet Protocol address. Visiting a website by writing the Internet Protocol address of the physical machine in your web browser, though, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. Thus, a domain name corresponds to an IP on the web. After it has been registered, that is.

Registering a Domain

To register a domain name, you first have to pick a domain name registration provider. 50webs Web Hosting has an optimal solution for my present and prospective projects - they offer a Domain Manager plan, which can be easily upgraded to a web hosting package at a later time - when my boss finally decides what objective the website will serve.

Hence, to register a domain name, you need to choose a name for your site. Next, you need to pick a top-level domain name - this is what comes after the dot. For instance, in 'foxnews.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Clearly, '.com' is an abbreviation for 'company', '.net' is an abbreviation for 'network', '.org' is an abbreviation for 'organization', and so on and so forth.

After you've chosen your domain name and your future domain registration provider, you have to determine whether the domain you wish to register is available for registration, since someone else might have grabbed it before you, however annoying this might be. Each domain registration provider, including 50webs Web Hosting, offers a functionality at their signup page, which confirms the availability of a specific domain name. To move ahead with the registration of a domain, you have to fill out some registrant details - the personal name, the place of residence, the email and the phone number of the registrant of the domain.

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

I registered .com, .net, .org and .eu domain names for our venture, according to the request of my still-hesitant-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-site boss. I tested the domain name administration tool 50webs Web Hosting is offering and found it very intuitive - everything is coherently arranged and, from what I noticed in the hosting Control Panel demo at their web site, once we upgrade to a cheap hosting package, it will remain the same, but with a lot more features. This, thank heavens, will spare me quite a lot of inconvenience from having to manage my domain and website hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make up his mind about at least what the web site should contain, I was glad to find that the domain administration dashboard offers DNS administration and domain name renewal options, and - a very useful functionality (!) - a parked domain name template, which I resorted to in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Specific Top-Level Domain Names

I was quite glad to discover that 50webs Web Hosting is offering many country-specific TLDs, because the project the website is intended for is international. Country-specific top-level domain names are delegated to national registries, which enable domain name registration providers to register domains, typically at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end clients. There are plenty of country-code top-level domain names: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .it for Italy, .me for Montenegro, .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I assume, will please my boss because we will be able to set up a local version of the website for each country where the project will be presented.