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What are Domain Names

Amongst the requirements you demand in order to build an online portal is a domain name. This is the address your web site visitors will type in their web browsers to open your web page and it is one of the things they will distinguish you by. That is the reason why you should choose a domain name that is good and explanatory, but it should also be easy to remember.

Registries - The Actual Domain Name Providers

Each domain name extension, or TLD (Top-Level Domain), is controlled by a Registry. This is the top-level organization that administers all domain name registrations and fixes the rules for each particular top-level domain name. A number of domain Registrars act under the Registry. These are approved corporations that provide the concrete domain name registration service, deal with any further registration rules and bill the end clients.

Generic or ccTLDs?

When selecting a domain name, you should ponder on its TLD. Whether it will be a generic Top-Level Domain such as .com, .mobi, .org, or a country code TLD like .us, .fr or .jp, depends on the target visitors and on the function of your site, but also on your desire, so when you are searching for a company where you can register your domain name, make certain that you select one with a huge collection of domain name extensions. In this way, you can be sure that you will make the best possible selection and if you register several domain names for your personal or business web page, they all will be in one place, not scattered across numerous separate domain registration companies.

Registrants - The True Domain Name Owners

When you register a domain name, you become the domain Registrant, or its possessor. You can designate a different individual as the Administrative or Technical Contact for the domain if someone else takes charge of your site, which will permit you to attend just to matters regarding the ownership or particular payment matters.

Domain Name Registration Terms: 1 to 10 Years

Most domain names are registered for a period of one to ten yrs, but certain particular Top-Level Domains can be registered for no less than 2 yrs, or for no more than 5, for example. You can also transfer your domain name between separate companies and once again, different Top-Level Domains involve different policies for that. Before you register your domain, it is worthwhile to become informed about what particular criteria there are for the specific Top-Level Domain that you've opted for. A good example is the domain names table at our website where you can take a glance at quite a large selection of supported domain extensions and complete info as regards the transfer and pre-registration prerequisites involved, as well as the registration term for some of the more specific Top-Level Domains.

Redemption Grace Periods (RGP): Thirty to Forty Five Days

Always make sure to have a glance at the re-registration procedure details before your domain name registration runs out. Certain domain names cannot be renewed after they expire, and for others you have one month after the expiry date to register them again. The general practice is that when a domain name runs out, it is either deleted after a certain time, or the registrar acquires ownership of the domain name if you, the possessor, have not shown any intention of renewing it. That is the reason why you should always keep an eye on the expiry date of your domain names or you will jeopardize forfeiting them. For specific Top-Level Domains such as .com or .net, you have thirty days after the expiration date, while with others, like .eu - you forfeit the domain as soon as it expires and you need to wait thirty to forty five days before you can re-register it.

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