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      Domain Name Registration

      Wednesday, November 17, 2010 @ 11:39:00 AM
      Registering a domain name is a quick process that often seems unnecessarily complex. It is much easier than most general web surfers suspect. You can quickly learn how to register a domain name with a little research.

      You need little background knowledge to register a domain name. Your first task is to find a company that will let you search in what is known as a "WHOIS" database. These databases contain all currently registered domain names worldwide. Domains that are currently in use will offer the name of the individual or company with ownership.

      Domain names are an ever evolving aspect of the web. The development of new extensions has created many more opportunities to register desirable domain names. Extensions are the letters at the end of a website address. The most popular extensions are ".com", ".net" and ".org." Additional extensions exist, such as: .biz, .info, .tv, .us

      New extensions allow webmasters to use the specific domain names they desire. Potential webmasters are often disappointed to see the name and extension they want is already taken. It may belong to a rival company or may have been purchased solely for the common practice of reselling.

      Domain name reselling is when a company or individual purchases a large number of domain names in order to raise the resell price and turn a profit. It is not recommended to buy a domain name that is being "scalped". Webmasters can usually find many other name/extension combinations available without the inflated price.

      There are many benefits to using one of the new extensions. It is common to find multiple domain registrar companies offering discounted prices on domain names with these new extensions. This will lower the costs of starting a website and give you a unique attribute for your domain.

      The best domain registrar companies will be established. They should have a good rating at independent websites. The domain registrar should offer around the click customer support and a variety of payment options. It is a trend amid many registrars to offer "credit card only" services. It is best to avoid these practices. Your registrar and your hosting company should both working for your business. This means providing good service and accommodating your payment needs. The credit only sites tend to offer less than stellar customer service and will not readily work with clients who must change payment information. 

      You will move on to the registration process once you have selected your registrar company. Resources are available across the Internet to help if you have specific concerns or questions. Domain name registrars are the record keepers of the Internet. Your registrar sells you your domain name and sends out information that your respective domain has been purchased. Payments for domains are generally annually. Many companies offer services that allow you to purchase a number of years into the future.

      The checkout process for buying a domain name is much like buying any other product online. You enter your standard information and payment information. Your receipt is sent via e-mail.

      You will have to wait for 48 hours before you can begin publishing your domain. This is to allow adequate time for a process known as propagation. When your domain name propagates, it is sent to WHOIS databases worldwide and submits the data that the domain name is in use. It really is a simple process. Even if you haven't purchased a domain in the past, you should be confident in completing these steps.