What is a domain name?
A domain name tells people (and the computers they use) how to find your homepage on the Internet. Each domain name is assigned to a numerical IP (Internet Protocol) address by your host provider. Since people remember names better than numbers, the domain name translates this number into words.
Why do I need to register a domain name?
Most Internet providers offer you a directory on their own domain. Most of the time, they look like this: http://www.domain.com/~yourname. In addition to having to explain the little squiggle mark (~ which is called a tilde) to your less net savvy customers, this can prove cumbersome on business cards and letterhead, and it does not reflect the unique nature of your business or homepage. Registering a domain name for your business or organization is essential to your marketing efforts. A domain name gives your business a unique identity on the Worldwide Web.
How will I be able to tell if my desired domain name is already taken?
Finding out if a desired domain name is already taken is a fairly easy task. As a free service, you can submit as many domain names you want to us so that we can check them out for you. Any available domain names that come back unregistered can also be registered by our staff.
Once I have a domain name secured, how long may I use it?
If there are no trademark disputes, your secured domain name will be yours for as long as you maintain the yearly registration fees.
What if my desired name is the same as a trademarked name?
Generally, if you've registered the name in good faith, it's not a name belonging to an internationally known company, and you can show that you have a legitimate reason to use that name then you are likely to be able to keep that name. That may not be the case if it can be shown that you purchased the name for the express purpose of reselling it to a company with a legitimate claim to the name.
How do I choose a good domain name?
Choose a name that reflects the intent and purpose of your website or business. Try to keep it short and snappy, and say it out loud, as if you were telling someone at a party to visit your web page. Some domain names look good on paper, but are confusing when you try to send someone to them over the phone. Keep in mind the image that it conjures... your domain name will be one of the ways people recognize or evaluate their sites for their interests when they are searching via Yahoo or the other search engines. When facing a large number of choices, the snappiest domain sometimes grabs the most attention. You can use our Domain Wizard to help you find your own unique domain name
What are the valid characters for a domain name and how long can it be?
The only valid characters for a domain name are letters, numbers and a hyphen "-". Other special characters like the underscore "_" or an exclamation mark "!" are NOT permitted.
Example: your name.com (not correct, No spaces allowed)
Example: your-name.com (is correct)
A domain name can be up to 67 characters long -- including the 4 characters used to identify the Top Level Domain (.NET, .COM, or .ORG).
A note about long domain names.
Domain names can now be up to 67 characters long (including the .com, .net or .org). While this opens up a whole new world for domain names, it can also lead to some confusion if you are not careful. Extremely long domain names can be difficult to read. Take a look at these two domain names:
Do I need to .net and .org?
The expense of registering and supporting a domain name is minor compared to the expense of marketing your domain name and your business. The last thing you want is for someone else (usually your competitors) to benefit from your efforts to establish your identity. You will see competitors registering names close to yours, trying to benefit from typos your visitors may make. For example, someone registered internik.net to try and benefit from typos by visitors to reputable internic.net.
How soon can I obtain one?
We can set one up for you today! Feel free to contact us at anytime and we will be more than happy to register as many domains as you choose. Don't wait too long, most one-word domain names have pretty much dried up. Sooner or later, two-word domain names will be also!