Register a Domain Name

If you desire to establish a site, this means that you need a domain. A domain is a human-identifiable name that you type in your browser's address bar when you would like to access a specific web portal.

Why Do You Require a Domain?

This is a subject I touch on because of the fact that this past week my boss brought forth the idea of setting up a site for our new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he needs a web site, but has not decided yet what it should look like, what it should contain, etc. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the site - its domain name. So, we now have an address for a yet-to-be-built web site and nothing more.

The Domain

Each website is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own personal physical address, known also as an IP address. Visiting a web site by typing the IP of the server in your web browser, however, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domains came into being. Thus, a domain corresponds to an IP address on the World Wide Web. Once it has been registered, of course.

Registering a Domain

To register a domain, you first need to pick a domain name registrar. NTCHosting has the best solution for my current and future projects - they offer a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting plan later on - when my boss eventually makes a decision about what objective the site will have.

Hence, to register a domain name, you need to select a name for your website. After that, you have to choose a TLD - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'answers.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.

Once you've picked your domain and your future domain name registrar, you have to confirm whether the domain name you would like to register is free, because somebody else might have seized it already, no matter how embarrassing this might be. Each domain registration supplier, including NTCHosting, offers a tool at their signup page, which verifies the availability of a certain domain. To proceed with the registration of a domain name, you need to fill in some registrant details - the personal name, the place of residence, the electronic mail address and the phone number of the registrant of the domain name.

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

I registered .com, .net, .eu and .info domains for our project, as per the wish of my still-uncertain-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-website boss. I tested the domain management interface NTCHosting is offering and found it very intuitive - everything is neatly organized and, from what I noticed in the web hosting CP demo at their site, after we upgrade to a dedicated web hosting plan, it will stay the same, just with many more functionalities. This, thank heavens, will save me quite a bit of discomfort from having to manage my domain and web hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to determine at least what the website should comprise, I was happy to discover that the domain name administration interface contains DNS administration and domain renewal options, and - a very convenient feature (!) - a parked domain name template, which I resorted to in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.

Country-Specific TLDs

I was quite happy to find that NTCHosting is offering many country-specific TLDs, because the project the site is meant for is multinational. Country-specific top-level domain names are handed over to national registry operators, which permit domain registration providers to register cheap domains, usually at rates that are cheaper than those offered to the end customers. There are lots of country-specific Top-Level Domains: .co.uk for the UK, .de for Germany, .se for Sweden, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I presume, will make my boss happy because we will be able to set up a local version of the website for each country where the project will be presented.

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) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 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) $60.00 USD $300.00 USD $60.00 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) $29.00 USD $145.00 USD $29.00 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) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 USD
.NET.NZ (New Zealand) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 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