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Cheap Domain

If you desire to establish a web site, this means that you require a cheap domain. A domain is an easy-to-remember name that you write in your web browser's address bar when you would like to access a specific site.

Why Do You Require a Domain?

This is a question I bring up because a week ago my boss brought forth the idea of building a web page for our new project. That itself is not a problem, the problem is that he needs a site, but has not decided yet what it should look like, what it should comprise, etc. All that he revealed to me was the name of the web site - its domain. Thus, we now have a web address for a future web site and nothing apart from that.

The Domain

Each website is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, known also as an IP address. Visiting a website by typing the IP address of the physical server in your web browser, though, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domain names appeared. Therefore, a domain corresponds to an IP address on the web. Once it has been registered, that is.

Registering a Domain Name

To register a domain, you first have to pick a domain name registrar. NTC Hosting has an optimal solution for my present and future projects - they have a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting plan later on - when my boss finally determines what objective the web site will have.

Hence, to register a domain name, you need to choose a name for your web site. Then, you have to select a TLD - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'amazon.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Apparently, '.com' is short for 'company', '.net' is short for 'network', '.org' is short for 'organization', and so on and so forth.

After you've picked your domain name and your future domain name registrar, you need to check whether the domain name you would like to register is available for registration, since someone else might have taken it already, however annoying this might be. Each domain name registrar company, including NTC Hosting, has a tool at their signup page, which checks the availability of a given domain name. To proceed with the registration of a domain name, you need to specify some registrant info - the personal name, the physical address, the electronic mail address and the telephone number of the registrant of the domain.

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

I registered .com, .net, .info and .name domains for our venture, according to the request of my still-uncertain-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-site boss. I tested the domain name management tool NTC Hosting is offering and found it extremely convenient - everything is coherently ordered and, from what I noticed in the hosting Control Panel demo at their web site, once we upgrade to a cheap web hosting package, it will stay the same, but with many more features. This, thank God, will spare me quite a bit of inconvenience from having to manage my domain and website hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to reach a decision about at least what the website should contain, I was happy to find that the domain name management interface offers DNS administration and domain renewal options, and - a very valuable functionality (!) - a parked domain template, which I used in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.

Country-Specific TLDs

I was very happy to find that NTC Hosting is offering a lot of country-specific Top-Level Domains, since the project the website is intended for is multinational. Country-specific top-level domain names are handed over to local registry operators, which enable domain registrar companies to register domain names, typically at prices that are lower than those offered to the end customers. There are a lot of country-code top-level domain names: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .it for Italy, .se for Sweden, .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I am positive, will make my boss happy because we will be able to build a local version of the web site for each country where the project will be presented.

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
.ORG (Non-Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $11.00 USD
.INFO (Information) $12.00 USD $24.00 USD $12.00 USD
.US (United States) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD FREE
.DE (Germany) $10.00 USD N/A FREE
.COM.MX (Mexico) $48.00 USD $96.00 USD $48.00 USD
.CO.NZ (New Zealand) $17.00 USD $34.00 USD $17.00 USD
.SE (Sweden) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $15.00 USD
.MOBI (Mobile) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $18.00 USD