Get a Domain Name from NTChosting
If you desire to run a site, this implies that you need a domain name. A domain name is a human-identifiable name that you type in your web browser's address bar when you wish to go to a certain site.
Why Do You Require a Domain Name?
This is a question I touch on due to the fact that a week ago my boss came up with the idea of building a website for our brand new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a website, but has not made up his mind yet about what it should look like, what it should consist of, and so on. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the website - its domain name. So, we now have an Internet address for a yet-to-be-created web site and nothing else.
The Domain Name
Each website is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address, popular also as an IP address. Accessing a web site by typing the IP of the machine in your web browser, however, is not the best and most appropriate thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. So, a domain corresponds to an IP address on the World Wide Web. After it has been registered, that is.
Registering a Domain
To register a domain name, you first have to settle on a domain name registration provider. NTChosting offers an optimal solution for my present and future projects - they provide a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a web hosting plan later on - when my boss finally makes a decision about what function the site will have.
Hence, to register a domain, you have to pick a name for your website. After that, you have to pick a TLD - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'ebay.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Obviously, '.com' is an abbreviation for 'company', '.net' is an abbreviation for 'network', '.org' is an abbreviation for 'organization', and so on.
Once you've chosen your domain and your future domain name registration provider, you have to confirm whether the domain you wish to register is available for registration, since someone else might have seized it before you, however unpleasant it might be. Each domain name registration vendor, including NTChosting, offers a functionality at their signup page, which checks the availability of a particular domain name. To carry on with the registration of a domain, you have to specify certain domain registrant info - the personal name, the physical address, the email address and the phone number of the domain's registrant.
You've Registered a Domain Name... Now What?
I registered .com, .net, .eu and .name domain names for our venture, as per the wish of my still-hesitant-about-the-function-of-the-future-website boss. I tried out the domain name management tool NTChosting is offering and found it very intuitive - everything is coherently ordered and, from what I noticed in the web hosting CP demo at their web site, once we upgrade to a low-cost web hosting package, it will stay the same, just with a lot more features. This, thank heavens, will spare me quite a bit of discomfort from having to manage my domain name and website hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to reach a decision about at least what the web site should contain, I was pleased to discover that the domain administration dashboard includes DNS administration and domain name renewal options, and - a very useful functionality (!) - a parked domain template, which I resorted to in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.
I was rather pleased to see that NTChosting is offering a lot of country-code TLDs, as the project the website is aimed for is international. Country-specific TLDs are delegated to domestic registries, which permit domain registration providers to register cheap domains, typically at rates that are cheaper than those offered to the end customers. There are numerous country-code Top-Level Domains: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .it for Italy, .se for Sweden, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I am convinced, will make my boss happy since we will be able to create a local version of the website for each country where the project will be introduced.
|Universal TLDs||1-year||2-years||10-years||with Hosting|
|.COM (Commercial)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.NET (Network)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.BIZ (Business)||$11.45 USD||$22.90 USD||$114.50 USD|
|.ORG (Non-Commercial)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.INFO (Information)||$12.00 USD||$24.00 USD||$120.00 USD|