Information on Domain Names
It's been two years since John started his
online business. He is very much satisfied
with his current web host whose services he
acquired one year ago. Today John is
relaxing in his chair and thinking about the
initial days when he spent many hours on the
Internet collecting information related to
web hosting. Like him there are many John's
out there who are in search of information
everyday, visiting this and that website
hoping to find the most illuminating advice.
The problem is that common topics of
interest can be found on most of the
websites whereas other relevant issues are
not dealt with everywhere. This article is
going to touch on one of those areas:
various concerns related with domain names.
What is multiple
Many times you will see that a web host
offers multiple domain hosting. In simpler
words it means that on buying an account you
will have the ability to get multiple
websites. For instance, if the plan provides
you with five domain names, you can use one
domain for your website and you will still
have four domain names leftover to use. The
advantage of this scenario is that you can
resell these four domain names to your
What is Domain
If you are planning to build up a website
and have decided on a name for it you then
must purchase that domain name from a domain
registrar: i.e. your domain name gets placed
on a name server so that you can use it
later on. This is known as domain parking.
Even if your website content is not ready,
it's better to park your desired domain
name. Otherwise, it might be possible that
in future somebody else acquires that
particular domain name.
What are sub domains?
Sub domains are 'third level' domains in the
sense that they are used solely to organize
your website content. They are simply
folders under your root directory, but to
access them a special URL is used.
For instance, http://www.m6.net is a regular
URL without a sub domain.
http://features.m6.net is an URL with the
sub domain name: "features".
.net: is the first level domain,
m6: is the second level domain,
features: is the third level domain
For how long does a
domain name belong to you?
Generally when you register a domain name it
is registered for a minimum of one year.
However, you can register it for more years,
as there is no hard and fast rule as such.
What is Domain
After one year you need to renew your domain
name so that your website doesn't get lost.
Generally when your domain is about to
expire your domain registrar will send you a
reminder mail regarding the domain renewal.
What happens when your
domain name expires?
When your domain name expires you can renew
it within one month. If you don't renew it
in this period it goes into a redemption
phase. It stays in this redemption phase for
15 to 30 days before it is then available
for purchase again at a normal price.
Getting a domain name out of redemption
phase is like buying fifty domains as it can
cost around $200!
How to find out the
owner of a domain name?
To find out the owner of a domain name, use
the WhoIs search tool on the Internet .For
E.g. Go to http://centralops.net/co/ and
type the domain name under Domain Dossier.
It will show you the name of the
registrant/domain's owner/web host.
What is WhoIs record?
WhoIS record is a domain name search
engine/Internet program where users can
enter an Internet entity (e.g. a domain, a
network, some hosts) and it will give
detailed information on the domain
registrar, the owner of the domain, and
respective DNS records.
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