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Cheap Domain Name

If you would like to own a site, this means that you need a domain. A domain name is a human-identifiable name that you type in your web browser's address bar when you would like to reach a given site.

Why Do You Need a Domain?

This is an issue I introduce because of the fact that one week ago my boss suggested the idea of setting up a web page for our brand new project. That itself is not a problem, the problem is that he needs a site, but has not made a decision yet about what it should look like, what it should contain, and so on. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the site - its domain name. Thus, we now have an address for a yet-to-be-created web site and nothing more.

The Domain

Each website is located on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address, known also as an Internet Protocol address. Accessing a site by writing the IP address of the machine in your browser, however, is not the best and most appropriate thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. Therefore, a domain corresponds to an IP address on the World Wide Web. After it has been registered, that is.

Registering a Domain Name

To register a cheap domain name, you first need to choose a domain registrar. NTChosting Web Hosting offers the best solution for my current and prospective projects - they provide a Domain Manager package, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a hosting plan later on - when my boss eventually decides what objective the website will have.

Hence, to register a domain name, you need to select a name for your website. Next, you have to pick a Top-Level Domain - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'youtube.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Clearly, '.com' is an abbreviation for 'company', '.net' is an abbreviation for 'network', '.org' is an abbreviation for 'organization', and so on.

After you've picked your domain and your future domain name registrar, you have to verify whether the domain you want to register is free, because somebody else might have grabbed it already, however unpleasant it might be. Each domain name registration supplier, including NTChosting Web Hosting, offers a tool at their sign-up page, which ascertains the availability of a specific domain. To proceed with the registration of a domain, you need to specify certain registrant details - the name, the place of residence, the e-mail and the telephone number of the owner of the domain.

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

I registered .com, .net, .org and .eu domain names for our venture, as per the desire of my still-hesitating-about-the-function-of-the-future-website boss. I tested the domain management dashboard NTChosting Web Hosting is offering and found it extremely intuitive - everything is coherently structured and, from what I noticed in the web hosting Control Panel demo at their web site, once we upgrade to a cheap hosting package, it will remain the same, but with many more functionalities. This, thank God, will save me quite a bit of discomfort from having to administer my domain and web site hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to reach a decision about at least what the site should comprise, I was pleased to discover that the domain name management tool includes DNS management and domain renewal options, and - an extremely handy feature (!) - a parked domain name template, which I used in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.

Country-Code TLDs

I was pretty pleased to discover that NTChosting Web Hosting is offering plenty of country-specific TLDs, as the project the site is aimed for is international. Country-specific Top-Level Domains are entrusted to domestic registries, which enable domain name registration suppliers to register domains, typically at rates that are lower than those offered to the end customers. There are lots of country-specific domains: .co.uk for the UK, .it for Italy, .nl for the Netherlands, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I am confident, will make my boss happy because we will be able to build a local version of the website for each country where the project will be introduced.