Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Domain Names and Registrars

Domain Names and Registrars

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When starting up a website there are some basics that one cannot avoid, such as choosing domain name and getting in contact with a domain name registrar. We know that there is a lot to think about and it is only natural to feel a bit confused at times. Not only will you have to find a top domain name - you will also have to consider things such as regulations, rights and strange abbreviations. To help you we thought that it might be a good idea to explain it all to you and make sure that you are not wasting any time on figuring it all out.

Domain Names

One of the most important things you will have to do when starting a website is to pick a domain name. It for sure is not the easiest thing to do, as most good ones already are taken, and it is at the same time something that can make or break your business. A domain name is a unique name that usually offers a public service as the World Wide Web or e-mail. Originally it is a numeric IP Address, but the DNS (Domain Name System) translated into IP addresses into alphabetical letters. Having an alphabetical address instead of a numerical makes the site easier to find for visitors.

So, how does one know what domain names are up for grabs? You can use a domain searcher such as our very own domain search - simply type in the name that you want. You will immediately find out if the domain name is taken or not. If the domain you want is already taken, you will get a list of names that could be of interest to you. GoDaddy and similar domain registrars work in a similar way. One difference is that if you go directly to a registrar and the domain name already is taken you could possibly obtain it anyway with the help of a "Domain Buy Agent." These agents will look up and contact the owner of the domain and make them an offer to sell it.

More about DNS

The Domain Name System was created in 1983 and it translates numbers into letters and meaningful domain names for us humans. One can say that the DNS is the phonebook of the Internet. Ít also makes sure that the readable names are translated into the abstruse IP addresses, which the computers need to communicate with each other.

Apart from allowing you to easily surf the Internet will the Domain Name System also make sure that all of your e-mails find its way to the inbox. In other words, a stabile DNS is necessary for companies wanting to work effectively and that wants everything to run smoothly.

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