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Cheap Domain Names

If you desire to establish a site, this implies that you require a cheap domain name. A domain is a human-recognizable name that you write in your web browser's address bar when you desire to pay a visit to a certain site.

Why Do You Need a Domain Name?

This is a topic I approach because of the fact that one week ago my boss came up with the idea of developing a site for our new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he needs a 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. Thus, we now have an address for a yet-to-be-established website and nothing else.

The Domain

Each web site is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, known also as an Internet Protocol address. Accessing a website by writing the IP address of the physical machine in your browser, though, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. So, a domain pertains to an IP address on the World Wide Web. Once it has been registered, of course.

Registering a Domain

To register a domain name, you first have to select a domain registration provider. NTChosting has an optimal solution for my present and future projects - they have a Domain Manager plan, which can be easily upgraded to a web hosting package at a later time - when my boss finally decides what function the website will have.

So, to register a domain name, you need to select a name for your web site. Then, you need to select a top-level domain name - this is what follows the dot. For example, in 'stumbleupon.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Obviously, '.com' denotes 'company', '.net' denotes 'network', '.org' denotes 'organization', and so on and so forth.

After you've picked your domain name and your future domain registration provider, you need to see whether the domain you wish to register is free, because somebody else might have snatched it already, however annoying it might be. Each domain registration company, including NTChosting, offers a search functionality at their signup page, which checks the availability of a particular domain. To continue with the registration of a domain, you have to specify certain registrant information - the name, the physical address, the email address and the phone number of the owner of the domain name.

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

I registered .com, .net, .eu and .info domains for our project, as per the wish of my still-hesitating-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-website boss. I tried out the domain administration interface NTChosting is offering and found it extremely easy to use - everything is neatly arranged and, from what I saw in the Control Panel demo at their web site, once we upgrade to a low-cost web hosting package, it will stay the same, just with a lot more functionalities. This, thank heavens, will spare me quite a bit of discomfort from having to manage my domain name and web site hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make a decision about at least what the web site should contain, I was glad to discover that the domain management interface offers DNS administration and domain name renewal options, and - a very handy functionality (!) - a parked domain name template, which I used in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Code Top-Level Domains

I was rather glad to discover that NTChosting is offering multiple country-specific top-level domain names, since the project the site is aimed for is multinational. Country-specific TLDs are handed over to local registries, which permit domain registrars to register cheap domain names, typically at rates that are lower than those offered to the end users. There are lots of country-specific Top-Level Domains: .co.uk for the UK, .me for Montenegro, .it for Italy, .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I am sure, will make my boss happy since we will be able to create a local version of the website 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) $13.00 USD $26.00 USD $13.00 USD
.BIZ (Business) $13.00 USD $26.00 USD $13.00 USD
.INFO (Information) $13.00 USD $26.00 USD $13.00 USD
.ORG (Non-Commercial) $13.00 USD $26.00 USD $13.00 USD
.IT (Italy) $9.00 USD N/A FREE
.DE (Germany) $10.00 USD N/A FREE
.CN (China) $9.00 USD $18.00 USD $9.00 USD
.ASIA (Asia) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $15.00 USD
.SE (Sweden) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $15.00 USD