What Indeed is a Domain?

If you would like to launch a site, this means that you require a domain. A domain name is a human-recognizable name that you write in your web browser's URL bar when you want to see a given site.

Why Do You Need a Domain Name?

This is an issue I approach because a week ago my boss suggested the idea of developing a web page for our brand new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a website, but has not made up his mind yet about what it should look like, what it should contain, and so on. All that he told me was the name of the website - its domain. So, we now have an address for a yet-to-be-made website and nothing else.

The Domain

Each web site is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own physical address, known also as an Internet Protocol address. Accessing a web site by typing the IP address of the server in your browser, though, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. So, a domain pertains to an IP address on the web. After it has been registered, of course.

Registering a Domain

To register a cheap domain, you first need to pick a domain name registrar. NTCHosting offers the best solution for my present and prospective projects - they provide a Domain Manager plan, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a hosting plan at a later time - when my boss finally determines what objective the web site will have.

Thus, to register a domain name, you have to choose a name for your website. After that, you have to select a top-level domain name - this is what follows the dot. For example, in 'dinersclub.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Clearly, '.com' stands for 'company', '.net' stands for 'network', '.org' stands for 'organization', etc.

Once you've chosen your domain and your future domain name registration provider, you need to check whether the domain name you wish to register is available for registration, because someone else might have snatched it already, however embarrassing this might be. Each domain name registration supplier, including NTCHosting, has a tool at their sign-up page, which checks the availability of a particular domain. To carry on with the registration of a domain name, you have to fill in some domain registrant information - the personal name, the physical address, the electronic mail address and the telephone number of the owner of the domain name.

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

I registered .com, .net, .name and .info domains for our venture, as per the desire of my still-uncertain-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-website boss. I tested the domain administration interface NTCHosting is offering and found it extremely useful - everything is coherently arranged and, from what I saw in the web hosting Control Panel demo at their website, after we upgrade to a cheap hosting package, it will stay the same, just with a lot more features. This, thank God, will spare me quite a bit 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 include, I was happy to find that the domain name administration dashboard includes DNS administration and domain renewal options, and - an extremely convenient feature (!) - a parked domain name template, which I used in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Code TLDs

I was rather glad to see that NTCHosting is offering plenty of country-code top-level domain names, since the project the website is aimed for is multinational. Country-code TLDs are entrusted to national registries, which allow domain name registration vendors to register cheap domains, usually at rates that are lower than those offered to the end users. There are different country-code domain names: .co.uk for the UK, .it for Italy, .de for Germany, .us for the USA, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I am positive, will please my boss because we will be able to set up a local version of the website for each country where the project will be introduced.

Universal TLDs 1-year 2-years 10-years with Hosting
.COM (Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD
.NET (Network) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD
.BIZ (Business) $11.45 USD $22.90 USD $114.50 USD
.ORG (Non-Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD
.INFO (Information) $12.00 USD $24.00 USD $120.00 USD
.PRO (Proffesional) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
.CO (Company) $26.00 USD $52.00 USD $260.00 USD $26.00 USD
.TV (Television) $28.00 USD $56.00 USD $280.00 USD $28.00 USD
.NAME (Personal) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.WS (Website) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.MOBI (Mobile) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 USD
.CC (Abriviations) $22.00 USD $44.00 USD $220.00 USD $22.00 USD
.WE.BS (Website) $4.50 USD $9.00 USD $45.00 USD $4.50 USD
.NU (NEW) $32.00 USD $160.00 USD $32.00 USD
.ASIA (Asia) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
Country Code TLDs 1-year 2-years 10-years Domain
with Hosting
.US (United States) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD
.CA (Canada) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $140.00 USD $14.00 USD
.COM.AU (Austraila) $24.00 USD $120.00 USD $24.00 USD
.NET.AU (Austraila) $14.50 USD $29.00 USD $145.00 USD $14.50 USD
.EU (European Union) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD $70.00 USD
.CO.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.ME.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.ORG.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.DE (Germany) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD
.AT (Austria) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.BE (Belgium) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.IT (Italy) $9.00 USD $18.00 USD $90.00 USD $9.00 USD
.ES (Spain) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.ME (Montenegro) $16.00 USD $32.00 USD $160.00 USD $16.00 USD
.NL (Netherlands) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.SE (Sweden) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
.RU (Russia) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD $70.00 USD $7.00 USD
.CO.NZ (New Zealand) $17.00 USD $34.00 USD $170.00 USD $17.00 USD
.NET.NZ (New Zealand) $17.00 USD $34.00 USD $170.00 USD $17.00 USD
.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.COM.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.ORG.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.IDV.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.JP (Japan) $55.00 USD $110.00 USD $550.00 USD $55.00 USD
.IN (India) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.CO.ZA (South Africa) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $140.00 USD $14.00 USD
.COM.MX (Mexico) $48.00 USD $48.00 USD