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Domain Names Registration

Updated on September 5, 2010

Domain Names Registration Basics

In order to implement a domain name of your own choosing for your website, it has to undergo first the process of domain names registration. Domain names registration is normally done under the services of a domain registrar that is accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, being the sole  organization that handles the name and number system of the internet.
The period for domain names registration is  minimum of one year and a maximum of ten years. This means that upon registering a domain for a set amount of time, you own the rights to that domain until the registration expires. As soon as the expiration date of the registration of the domain name has been reached, the owner must renew the registration within the grace period of 60 days since  the domain name would be deleted from the registry making it available to the public once again.

Domain Names Registration
Domain Names Registration

The ICANN requires all of its accredited domain registrars to submit personal information about the owner of the domain to the WHOIS database that can be easily accessed by the public for viewing. Because of this, domain owners applying for registration of domain names can select from three options for their WHOIS database listing: a public WHOIS database listing, a private WHOIS database listing, and an enhanced business listing in the WHOIS database.Remember that not all domain registrars typically provide the aforementioned options since the majority only gives the default mode which is the public WHOIS database listing.

Furthermore, a consideration to be made in domain names registration is the top-level domains that will be attached to the domain name that you select. The two most typical categories of top-level domains are the generic top-level domains and the country code top-level domains. The generic top-level domains are usualy selected by people and they include popular extensions such as .com, .info, .biz, .net, .gov, .org, and many more.

On the other hand, country code top-level domains includes extensions that specifies a particular country. The former is good choice choice if you want to set up a website for an international audience while the latter is highly preferable if you are targeting the traffic of a local market. Furthermore, not all domain registrars offer the country code top-level domains and you may have to find the specific organization that solely provides such service.


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