How to Do a Domain Name Ownership Search and Get Discount Hosting
I hope this tutorial about how to do a domain name ownership search will ease your confusion on the subject of places to find information about website registration.
Quick Guide to Finding Domain Names Registrars
In the history of domain name registrars, a company called Network Solutions had the sole authorization to register domain names.
Network Solutions was the only true domain name registrar. Now, things have changed!
The Internet name market is wide open for competition. There are several dozens of domain name companies today.
What is a Domain Name Registrar?
According to Wiki the definition is..
“A domain name registrar is an organization or commercial entity that manages the reservation of Internet domain names. A domain name registrar must be accredited by a generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry and/or a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry. The management is done in accordance with the guidelines of the designated domain name registries.”
The database itself is maintained by a non-profit organization called Internic which has been in existence for many years online.
Domain name hosting & registration, and the industry itself are monitored by ICANN, an organization that is responsible for certifying companies as registrars and handling domain names, IP addresses, and domain name extensions.
I hope this information on domain name registrars has been helpful so far. But, don’t stop here!
Keep going to increase your knowledge about registering a web site and starting your first online presence.
How Does It Work?
Simply put, the registrar for domains is required to pay a fee to Network Solutions for every registered name. This is a fixed fee for everyone.
Then, the registrar can decide what to charge clients that post with them for purpose of profits and promotion.
Where the rates were once fixed at $70 per every two-year period, now companies may charge whatever they wish.
Some charge by the year; others offer many types of domain name packages ranging from one to even ten years in duration.
Benefits of Registering with an Accredited Domain Name Registrar
There are several main benefits of registering your Internet domain name with an accredited domain name registrar.
One, you’ll often find cheaper domain name registration prices because the registrar is buying domain names directly.
Some companies are able to offer domain name registration for as low as $11.95 per year or better.
Then, there are others who offer a free year or two with the purchase of Web hosting.
Be Sure to Get This One Right!
Two, you’ll know that you are registering your domain name with a reputable company. There are many “resellers” of domain names that are fly-by-night companies, and you might not be able to find them when it’s time to renew your domain name for the next term!
Three, you can benefit from the registrar accreditation itself. This reveals that the registrar has been accredited by a federal government agency and is being monitored directly by Internic.
By simply checking with these two agencies along with the Better Business Bureau, you can have peace of mind that you are buying from a real registrar, not a scam artist.
Use these tips to find a reputable domain name registrar. This will not only secure your domain name… it might also secure your entire online business for future years!
Choosing a new Internet domain name is sometimes painful, but something you must do to start your new personal or business website.
Decide on an Internet name that is right for you and use the tips above to make the process of understanding domain name registrars easier.
Who Do We Host With?
I know you’re wondering which company I use to host the webmastercourse.com website. Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.
For many years now, I have used a company called HostNine. I have found some companies cheaper but for the money and service I get (including reliability) I have stuck with them and never looked back.
One thing I really like about HostNine is that they have options for beginners as well as those who are serious about business.
If you plan to build more than one site or if you are thinking about starting your own web design business, I’d strongly recommend this option. But, the plan you choose is up to you.
I hope this tutorial enlightened you when it comes to how to do a domain name ownership search and I look forward to your putting up your first website designing project soon! Till next time – Bob
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