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However you look at there are real advantages to having your own domain name, think of it as your internet address and your brand.

Frequently asked questions relating to domain names.

As part of our normal service we register names on behalf of our clients. Our normal procedure is to set up an account with a registrar, the account being in the name of the client. This means that the name is always the property of the client so if you decide to move you business elsewhere we can't charge you a huge fee to release your domain name. Beware of others who do that.

We'll work hard to keep you as a customer so you will not want to move away.

Domain names, URL and other FAQs

What is a domain name?

A domain name is an Internet address (example http://www.DomainNamesBuySell.com) it is the unique address which enables anyone anywhere in the world to find your website, so it's an important piece of property.

A domain name also allows you to receive e-mail. If your organization's name is APEX, Inc., you might register the domain name APEX.COM and your e-mail address could be YourName@apex.com. In the UK, if you were APEX LIMITED you might register apex.ltd.uk, limited being private limited companies. Similarly public limited companies can register as .plc.uk.

Your customers would also be able to access your organization's Web site by visiting "www.apext.com" with their Web browser. These are just a few of the most common uses for a domain name.

Most domain names are allocated on a first come first served basis. There have been some interesting legal battles over names which speculators have registered in the hope of selling them at high prices. If there is a conflict of interest where both parties could have a legitimate claim on a name then the first to register is likely to have keep the name.

What is a URL?

URL stands for "Uniform Resource Locator". This is the string of information that lets people locate specific sites on the Internet.  A URL is unique -- meaning that no two are exactly alike.It tells other computers exactly where your website is. What actually happens is that your computer has a numerical address, such as 210.199.34.8 consisting of four groups of decimal numbers each up to 255. When you type the URL into a browser the name is converted into the number to find the site. If you have the number you can type is straight into you browser.

URLs look like this: (file: and ftp: URLs are synonymous.)

The first part of the URL, before the colon, specifies the access method. The part of the URL after the colon is interpreted specific to the access method. In general, two slashes after the colon indicate a machine name (machine:port is also valid).

What is Internic/Network Solutions (.com, .net and .org)?

Internic/Network Solutions used to be the sole organisation which could register US domain names, this situation has changed and led to a sharp fall in the price of registering domains because there is now competition. SiteMaster and others will handle your US registrations for much lower cost that Internic charged.

What are the rules for creating a Domain name?

A Domain name can be up to 67 characters long -- including the characters used to identify the Top Level Domain (.NET, .COM, .ORG, .CC, etc.).  Domain names are not case sensitive.    Letters, numbers and dashes (if they do not begin or end the name) are all valid.   The only valid characters for a Domain name are letters, numbers and a hyphen "-". Other special characters like the underscore "_" or an exclamation mark "!" are NOT permitted.

Although there is a lot of hype about 67 character names they are not (in my opinion) that useful, do you want to have to type in a 67 character name?

What type of Domains are there in the US?

The following table shows the Domain types and their meanings.  In recent times this structure has come to have less meaning as commercial organisations have taken available names. Care needs to be taken when selecting a name to ensure that someone else is not already trading with a similar looking or sounding name.

For instance it is very confusing for people to find different companies using name.com and name.co.uk.

What is the charge for a US Domain name?

The cost for registering a new Domain name in .com, .org, and .net was $70 (US) when the system was under the control on internic, however since competition has been introduced this cost has fallen dramatically. It is now possible to register a name for much less. This fee covers the initial registration and updates to the domain name's database record for a period of one or two years. Following the initial period, registrants will be charged a fee annually, on the anniversary of the initial registration, to renew the domain name. The renewal fee also covers updates for that year. There are different charges applicable to other top level domains in different parts of the world.

If your organisation has a name which you want to protect then you should consider registering it with different authorities to prevent your competitors from registering it there and perhaps being confused with you. For instance if you were xyz, you should consider registering xyz.com, zyx.co.uk etc. Your name is your brand! And don't forget the hyphenated combinations and things that sound like you name too.

What is Nominet UK (.co.uk and .org.uk)?

Nominet UK is the organization that registers the domain name ".co.uk" and similar related names, .plc.uk.  Nominet UK charges (£80 for a 2 year registration). You can find general information on .uk Domain registration at the Nominet UK Web site at http://www.nominet.org.uk/

.co.uk names can be registered for much less by other registrars, if you want to do your own registration then we recommend easily.co.uk because their charges are low and their services are excellent. You can make all the changes you need using their on-line control panel.

Use this form to check names at easily.co.uk, type the name you are interested in without any ending such as .com and click the search button

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Like most things, you get what you pay for because competition on the Internet is intense. There are companies that will charge you 1p per month for your domain name, or even provide one for free, but you'll find that there are other charges later that will make your eyes water!

What is .tv?

The .TV domain is the TLD (top level domain) assigned to Tuvalu, a small island nation located in the southwest Pacific Ocean. TV is an international symbol that clearly identifies television.

How can I find out who owns a US Domain?

The domain name holder is the person or organization listed at the top of the WHOIS record. The WHOIS record is the report of the internet database. Since the introduction of competition you will need to look up a domain at the registry where it was registered if you want the full information.

In many cases, the technical contact is a representative of the Internet service provider and the administrative contact is a representative of the domain name holder. In fact, this is the model the Internic/Network Solutions recommends.

But regardless of who is the listed administrative and technical contact, the domain name holder is the organization who is listed on item 3a of the Domain Name Registration Agreement http://www.internic.net/help/newreg.html.

It is important to note that the organization name cannot be modified or changed. If a domain is being transferred to another organization, it must be deleted and re-registered as a new domain.