What is a Domain Name & Why Should I register one?

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What Is A Domain Name?

A domain name gives you a way a much easier way of remembering an Internet address.

This name is unique. A domain name is your piece of internet real estate.

At present 100.000 domains are being registered monthly.

You should register your domain now since in the near future they might be taken. A domain name provides a professional look to your company or association. 

Anyone can register a .com, .net, .org , .biz, .info, .name, .eu, .org.uk or .co.uk domain names.

There are different types of domain name extensions that you can register eg:. com, .net, .org , .biz, .info, .name, .eu, .org.uk or .co.uk.

If you are a UK business I would strongly recommend going for a .co.uk domain name.  

What do I get when I register a domain name?

When you register a domain name you become the owner of the domain name and you have the rights to use it.

Nobody else can use it for as long as you keep renewing the domain name. (some domains can be registered for up to 10  years) With UK domain names you also get an ownership certificate sent to you by post.

With other domain extensions you do not get a physical certificate you just get email confirmation. When you register a domain name you also get:

  • Online Control Panel (to manage all aspects of your domain name eg change contact details)
  • Email and Web Forwarding (you would need this if you want to forward email to another email account or if you want to redirect the domain name to an existing website)
  • DNS Management (you would use this if you want to change the server where your domain name is pointing to)
  • 24×7 Tech Support

 How long does it take to register?

UK domains .co.uk/.org.uk and .com/.net/.org/.info/.name/.biz names are all registered instantly but the whole process of registration can take take approx 24 hours. If you have any questions please post them below.

I hope you found this article useful on what domain names are.

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