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Cheap Domain Name

If you desire to have a web site, this implies that you require a cheap domain name. A domain is a human-memorable name that you type in your web browser's address bar when you want to access a given website.

Why Do You Require a Domain?

This is a topic I bring up because of the fact that one week ago my boss brought forth the idea of making a site for our brand new project. That itself is not a problem, the problem is that he wants a web site, but has not made up his mind yet about what it should look like, what it should contain, and so on. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the website - its domain. Thus, we now have a web address for a yet-to-be-created site and nothing more.

The Domain

Each web site is located on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own personal physical address, known also as an IP address. Paying a visit to a site by typing the Internet Protocol address of the machine in your browser, though, is not the best and most appropriate thing to do, so that was how and why domains appeared. Therefore, a domain name corresponds to an IP on the web. Once it has been registered, of course.

Registering a Domain Name

To register a cheap domain name, you first need to select a domain name registration provider. NTC Hosting has the best solution for my current and future projects - they have a Domain Manager package, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a web hosting plan later on - when my boss eventually decides what objective the site will have.

So, to register a domain name, you have to choose a name for your web site. Next, you need to choose a Top-Level Domain - this is what follows the dot. For instance, in 'dell.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Clearly, '.com' signifies 'company', '.net' signifies 'network', '.org' signifies 'organization', and so on.

Once you've selected your domain and your future registrar, you need to discover whether the domain you wish to register is free, because somebody else might have taken it already, however annoying this might be. Each domain name registration vendor, including NTC Hosting, has a search tool at their signup page, which verifies the availability of a specific domain name. To move on with the registration of a domain, you need to fill in certain domain registrant info - the personal name, the place of residence, the electronic mail address and the phone number of the domain name's owner.

You've Registered a Domain Name... Now What?

I registered .com, .net, .name and .biz domains for our venture, according to the request of my still-hesitant-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-site boss. I tried out the domain administration tool NTC Hosting is offering and found it very useful - everything is neatly arranged and, from what I noticed in the web hosting Control Panel demo at their web site, once we upgrade to a budget hosting plan, it will remain the same, just with many more functionalities. This, thank heavens, will save me quite a lot of discomfort from having to manage my domain name and web site hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to reach a decision about at least what the web site should comprise, I was happy to find that the domain administration dashboard offers DNS administration and domain name renewal options, and - a very handy functionality (!) - a parked domain template, which I resorted to in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Code TLDs

I was very happy to find that NTC Hosting is offering many country-specific top-level domain names, because the project the site is intended for is multinational. Country-code TLDs are delegated to national registry operators, which enable domain registrar companies to register domain names, typically at rates that are lower than those offered to the end clients. There are different country-code top-level domain names: .co.uk for the UK, .it for Italy, .me for Montenegro, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I am positive, will please my boss since we will be able to prepare a local version of the website for each country where the project will be introduced.

TLDs 1-year 2-years with Hosting
.COM (Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD FREE
.NET (Network) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD FREE
.US (United States) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD FREE
.INFO (Information) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD FREE
.BIZ (Business) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD FREE
.WS (Website) $17.00 USD $34.00 USD $17.00 USD
.CC (Abriviations) $22.00 USD $44.00 USD $22.00 USD
.CA (Canada) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $14.00 USD
.JP (Japan) $55.00 USD N/A $55.00 USD
.AT (Austria) $25.00 USD N/A $25.00 USD