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Domain Names Explained

Among the requirements you need in order to kick off a web portal is a domain. This is the URL your web page visitors will type in their browsers to explore your online portal and it is among the features they will distinguish you by. For this reason you should settle on a domain that is appropriate and descriptive, but it should also be simple to remember.

Registries - The Actual Domain Distributors

Each domain extension, or TLD (Top-Level Domain), is operated by a Registry. This is the top-level organization that handles all domain registrations and specifies the prerequisites for a particular TLD. A number of domain Registrars operate under the Registry. These are certified companies that deliver the actual domain registration service, handle any further registration rules and bill the end customers.

Generic or ccTLDs?

When selecting a domain name, you should mull over its TLD. Whether it will be a generic TLD like .com, .net, .org, or a country code top-level domain name such as .eu, .co.uk or .net.au, is dependent on the target visitors and on the goal of your web site, but also on your wish, so when you are searching for a company where you can register your domain name, make sure that you elect one with a large selection of domain name extensions. Thus, you can be positive that you will make the best possible choice and if you register several domain names for your private or company web portal, they all will be in a single place, not scattered among lots of individual companies.

Registrants - The Legitimate Domain Proprietors

When you register a domain, you become the domain name Registrant, or its proprietor. You can mention a different individual as the Administrative or Technical Contact for the domain name if someone else handles your web page, which will allow you to attend just to topics regarding the ownership or certain payment matters.

Domain Registration Terms: One to Ten Years

Most domains are registered for a term of 1 to 10 yrs, but certain given top-level domain names can be registered for at least 2 yrs, or for no more than 5, for instance. You can also transfer your domain name between different domain name registrars and once again, different top-level domain names involve different policies for that. Before you register your domain, it is good to study what particular requirements there are for the given Top-Level Domain that you've settled on. A suitable example is the domain names table at our website where you can have a glance at quite a huge selection of offered domain name extensions and detailed information as regards the transfer and pre-registration criteria entailed, as well as the registration term for some of the more peculiar Top-Level Domains.

Redemption Grace Periods (RGP): Thirty to Forty Five Days

Always be certain to become aware of the re-registration procedure requirements before your domain registration runs out. Specific domains cannot be renewed after they run out, and for others you have one month after the expiry date to register them again. The general practice is that when a domain expires, it is either removed after a specific time, or the domain name registration company assumes possession of the domain name provided that you, the owner, have not manifested any intention of renewing it. That's why you should always keep track of the expiration date of your domain names or you will risk losing them. For some top-level domain names such as .com or .net, you have 30 days after the expiry date, while with others, like .eu - you lose ownership of the domain name the moment it runs out and you have to wait 30 to 45 days before you can register it again.

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