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Domain Names

If you would like to build a site, this implies that you need a domain. A domain is a human-identifiable name that you write in your web browser's location bar when you want to access a given site.

Why Do You Need a Domain?

This is a topic I approach due to the fact that one week ago my boss brought forth the idea of developing a site for our new venture. That itself is not a problem, the problem is that he needs a website, but does not know yet what it should look like, what it should consist of, and so on. All that he told me was the name of the web site - its domain. So, we now have a web address for a yet-to-be-developed website and nothing aside 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. Reaching a site by typing the Internet Protocol address of the server in your browser, though, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domains appeared. Hence, a domain corresponds to an IP address on the web. Once it has been registered, that is.

Registering a Domain

To register a domain name, you first need to choose a domain name registrar. ResellersPanel.com offers an optimal solution for my present and prospective projects - they provide a Domain Manager package, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a hosting plan at a later time - when my boss eventually determines what purpose the site will have.

Thus, to register a domain name, you need to pick a name for your site. Then, you need to pick a Top-Level Domain - this is what comes after the dot. For instance, in 'vimeo.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Apparently, '.com' signifies 'company', '.net' signifies 'network', '.org' signifies 'organization', and so on and so forth.

Once you've chosen your domain and your future registrar, you have to verify whether the domain you would like to register is available for registration, since somebody else might have taken it already, no matter how unpleasant this might be. Each domain name registration vendor, including ResellersPanel.com, offers a search functionality at their sign-up page, which verifies the availability of a certain domain. To move ahead with the registration of a domain, you need to specify certain registrant information - the name, the address, the email and the telephone number of the domain name's registrant.

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

I registered .com, .net, .org and .info domain names for our project, as per the request of my still-unsure-about-the-function-of-the-future-site boss. I tried out the domain management tool ResellersPanel.com is offering and found it extremely easy to use - everything is coherently organized and, from what I saw in the hosting CP demo at their web site, after we upgrade to a low-cost hosting package, it will remain the same, but with many more features. This, thank heavens, will spare me quite a bit of inconvenience from having to administer my domain name and web hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make up his mind about at least what the site should contain, I was pleased to find that the domain management dashboard offers DNS administration and domain renewal options, and - a very handy feature (!) - a parked domain template, which I used in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.

Country-Specific TLDs

I was rather glad to discover that ResellersPanel.com is offering many country-specific TLDs, because the project the web site is meant for is multinational. Country-code top-level domain names are handed over to national registries, which permit domain registration providers to register domain names, typically at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end clients. There are different country-code domain names: .co.uk for the UK, .de for Germany, .me for Montenegro, .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I presume, will make my boss happy since we will be able to build a local version of the site for each country where the project will be introduced.