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Domain Names


What is a domain name?
How does a domain name work?
Who has domain names?
A quick reference list of major domain extensions.
Why register now?


What is a domain name?

A domain name is the alias that identifies a certain organizations' presence on the Internet. For example the World Health Organization uses the Internet address http://www.who.int. The choice, which you make on your personal or business domain name can result in a big impact on the image of your company can also directly reflect on the success of your activities on the net. Currently there aren't any particular rules regulating the registration and usage of domain names. In that aspect, thats good, since it grants people the opportunity to freely choose the most appropriate name for themselves. On the other hand, that means that the name you would like to register is probably already taken by someone else. If you don't manage to register your desired domain name, your domain of chose might elude you for quite a long time, possibly even forever. Its a fairly safe bet to take steps right now in insuring your future presence on the net by protecting your desired domain name.

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How does a domain name work?

The Domain Name System, aka DNS converts the letters in a domain name into unique numbers, which are used to communicate with (for example) an organizations system on the world wide web. On the other hand, its not obliged that users need to understand the numbers themselves, since they only need to use the domain names.

Theoretically, any company would like to be identified by one or more appropriate domain names, which like to its own company name. Except that, the company will probably want to have e-mails and website addresses, which are important for its clients.

As an example - People can have an e-mail address me@mycompany.com or a website www.mycompany.com. A users main goal should be having a suitable, functional and relevant domain name, to suit his/her needs and the needs of the visitors or even clients of the site.

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Who has domain names?

Nearly everyone, and anyone who wants it can have one. Unfortunately, some domain names are already taken.
For example, most countries "own" domain names -

.de = Germany
.uk = United Kingdom
.us = USA

except that, most governments also "own" domain names -

gov.de
gov.uk
gov.us

On the other hand, most companies also own domain names -

nokia.de
nokia.co.uk


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A quick reference list of major domain extensions.

.com - international domain name.

The classic domain name. Not many .com domains are available, but they're still the most wanted.

.net - international domain name

When the .net domain was added, only Internet companies used it, but nowadays everyone can own a .net domain name. It's the most sought after name, second only to .com domains.

.info - recently added as an international domain name.

Added not long ago as a new international domain name. Most domain names ending with .info are still available, so be sure to register one while you still can.

.org - another international domain name

Most .org domain names are usually used by non-profit organizations, mainly charity sites or even internet-based organizations, but there are no real restrictions on how you should use your personal .org domain name.

eu.com - an alternative European domain name

An alternative European domain name. It's a sub-domain of eu.com, and since there is currently no appropriate .eu domain name, this is currently the best option.

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Why register now?

Once registered with a suitable domain name on the world wide web, you'll receive a unique identity for yourself, or the company/brand you represent. Once you register a certain domain name, no other user can use your personal web-based home address. Since many companies share similar names, its very important to register a relevant domain name for your own personal or business needs as soon as possible. Currently, the most popular domain names on the Internet today are the .com domains. On principle, to own a domain name, regardless of its similarity to any trademark, is free for everyone. Unfortunately, in fact, most corporations try protecting their brands and products and give a hard time to users going for such domain names.

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