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What are Domain Names

One of the necessities you demand in order to own an online portal is a domain name. This is the web address your website visitors will type in their web browsers to open your site and it is amongst the things they will identify you with. Therefore you should choose a domain name that is suitable and explanatory, but it should also be easy to remember.

Registries - The Actual Domain Name Distributors

Each domain name extension, or TLD (top-level domain name), is operated by a Registry. This is the top-level institution that handles all domain name registrations and imposes the criteria for a specific top-level domain name. A variety of domain name Registrars function under the Registry. These are authorized providers that furnish the concrete domain name registration service, are responsible for any supplementary registration requirements and bill the end customers.

Generic or ccTLDs?

When choosing a domain, you should muse upon its top-level domain name. Whether it will be a generic Top-Level Domain such as .com, .mobi, .biz, or a country code Top-Level Domain like .me, .es or .com.au, depends on the target viewers and on the intention of your blog, but also on your preference, so when you are looking for a registrar where you can register your domain name, make sure that you find one with a large collection of domain extensions. In this way, you can be positive that you will make the best choice and if you register a number of domain names for your private or business web portal, they all will be in a single place, not disseminated across numerous separate domain registrars.

Registrants - The True Domain Name Possessors

When you register a domain name, you become the domain Registrant, or its possessor. You can specify a different individual as the Administrative or Technical Contact for the domain name if someone else looks after your website, which will allow you to deal only with aspects regarding the proprietorship or certain payment issues.

Domain Name Registration Terms: 1 to 10 Years

The majority of domain names are registered for a term of one to ten years, but some given Top-Level Domains can be registered for no less than two years, or for no more than 5, for instance. You can also transfer your domain between separate registrars and again, different TLDs involve different prerequisites for that. Prior to registering your domain name, it is wise to become acquainted with what particular stipulations there are for the given top-level domain name that you've opted for. A proper illustration is the domain names chart at our website where you can take a look at quite an extensive list of available domain extensions and extensive information as to the transfer and pre-registration criteria imposed, as well as the registration term for some of the more specific top-level domain names.

Redemption Grace Periods (RGP): 30 to 45 Days

Always be sure to take a peek at the re-registration process specifications before your domain name registration concludes. Certain domain names cannot be re-registered after they run out, and for others you have one month after the expiry date to renew them. The general scenario is that when a domain name runs out, it is either canceled after a certain interval, or the Registrar company acquires possession of the domain name in case that you, the owner, have not manifested any interest in renewing it. Hence you should always keep an eye on the expiry date of your domains or you will risk forfeiting them. For specific Top-Level Domains like .com or .net, you have 30 days after the expiration date, while with others, like .eu - you forfeit proprietorship of the domain name the moment it runs out and you must wait 30 to 45 days before you can register it again.

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