What is a Domain Name?

If you wish to build a website, this implies that you require a domain name. A domain is an easy-to-remember name that you write in your web browser's address bar when you wish to look up a particular web page.

Why Do You Require a Domain Name?

This is a topic I touch on because this past week my boss brought forth the idea of establishing a web site for our brand new venture. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a website, but has not decided yet what it should look like, what it should consist of, and so on. All that he told me was the name of the site - its domain name. Thus, we now have a web address for a yet-to-be-created site and nothing more.

The Domain Name

Each web site is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, known also as an IP address. Visiting a site by typing the IP of the server in your browser, however, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. Hence, a domain corresponds to an IP address on the web. Once it has been registered, of course.

Register a Domain Name

To register a cheap domain, you first need to settle on a domain name registrar. NTChosting has the best solution for my present and prospective projects - they have a Domain Manager package, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a web hosting package at a later time - when my boss eventually makes up his mind about what function the web site will have.

Hence, to register a domain name, you have to select a name for your website. Next, you have to select a TLD - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'visa.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Obviously, '.com' signifies 'company', '.net' signifies 'network', '.org' signifies 'organization', and so on and so forth.

After you've picked your domain name and your future domain name registration provider, you need to determine whether the domain you wish to register is free, since somebody else might have snatched it already, however annoying it might be. Each domain name registration company, including NTChosting, has a functionality at their signup page, which checks the availability of a given domain. To move ahead with the registration of a domain, you have to fill in some registrant information - the name, the address, the email address and the phone number of the domain's registrant.

You've Registered a Domain... Now What?

I registered .com, .net, .eu and .biz domains for our project, according to the request of my still-uncertain-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-website boss. I tried out the domain name administration dashboard NTChosting is offering and found it very intuitive - everything is logically structured and, from what I noticed in the web hosting CP demo at their site, once we upgrade to a budget web hosting package, it will remain the same, just with many more functionalities. This, thank goodness, will save me quite a bit of discomfort from having to manage my domain name and website hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to determine at least what the web site should include, I was glad to find that the domain name management tool offers DNS management and domain name renewal options, and - a very handy feature (!) - a parked domain name template, which I used in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Specific Top-Level Domains

I was quite pleased to discover that NTChosting is offering many country-specific Top-Level Domains, as the project the web site is intended for is international. Country-specific Top-Level Domains are handed over to local registry operators, which permit registrar companies to register domains, typically at rates that are lower than those offered to the end customers. There are plenty of country-specific top-level domain names: .co.uk for the UK, .se for Sweden, .it for Italy, .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I am assured, will please my boss because we will be able to build a local version of the site for each country where the project will be presented.

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
.PRO (Proffesional) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
.CO (Company) $26.00 USD $52.00 USD $260.00 USD $26.00 USD
.TV (Television) $28.00 USD $56.00 USD $280.00 USD $28.00 USD
.NAME (Personal) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.WS (Website) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.MOBI (Mobile) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 USD
.CC (Abriviations) $22.00 USD $44.00 USD $220.00 USD $22.00 USD
.WE.BS (Website) $4.50 USD $9.00 USD $45.00 USD $4.50 USD
.NU (NEW) $32.00 USD $160.00 USD $32.00 USD
.ASIA (Asia) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
Country Code TLDs 1-year 2-years 10-years Domain
with Hosting
.US (United States) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD
.CA (Canada) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $140.00 USD $14.00 USD
.COM.AU (Austraila) $24.00 USD $120.00 USD $24.00 USD
.NET.AU (Austraila) $14.50 USD $29.00 USD $145.00 USD $14.50 USD
.EU (European Union) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD $70.00 USD
.CO.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.ME.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.ORG.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.DE (Germany) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD
.AT (Austria) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.BE (Belgium) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.IT (Italy) $9.00 USD $18.00 USD $90.00 USD $9.00 USD
.ES (Spain) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.ME (Montenegro) $16.00 USD $32.00 USD $160.00 USD $16.00 USD
.NL (Netherlands) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.SE (Sweden) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
.RU (Russia) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD $70.00 USD $7.00 USD
.CO.NZ (New Zealand) $17.00 USD $34.00 USD $170.00 USD $17.00 USD
.NET.NZ (New Zealand) $17.00 USD $34.00 USD $170.00 USD $17.00 USD
.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.COM.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.ORG.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.IDV.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.JP (Japan) $55.00 USD $110.00 USD $550.00 USD $55.00 USD
.IN (India) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.CO.ZA (South Africa) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $140.00 USD $14.00 USD
.COM.MX (Mexico) $48.00 USD $48.00 USD