Information on Domain Names
It’s been two years since John started his
online business. He is very much satisfied with
his current web host whose services he acquired
one year ago. Today John is relaxing in his
chair and thinking about the initial days when
he spent many hours on the Internet collecting
information related to web hosting. Like him
there are many John’s out there who are in
search of information everyday, visiting this
and that website hoping to find the most
illuminating advice. The problem is that common
topics of interest can be found on most of the
websites whereas other relevant issues are not
dealt with everywhere. This article is going to
touch on one of those areas: various concerns
related with domain names.
What is multiple domain hosting?
Many times you will see that a web host offers
multiple domain hosting. In simpler words it
means that on buying an account you will have
the ability to get multiple websites. For
instance, if the plan provides you with five
domain names, you can use one domain for your
website and you will still have four domain
names leftover to use. The advantage of this
scenario is that you can resell these four
domain names to your clients.
What is Domain Parking?
If you are planning to build up a website and
have decided on a name for it you then must
purchase that domain name from a domain
registrar: i.e. your domain name gets placed on
a name server so that you can use it later on.
This is known as domain parking. Even if your
website content is not ready, it’s better to
park your desired domain name. Otherwise, it
might be possible that in future somebody else
acquires that particular domain name.
What are sub domains?
Sub domains are ‘third level’ domains in the
sense that they are used solely to organize your
website content. They are simply folders under
your root directory, but to access them a
special URL is used.
For instance, http://www.m6.net is a regular URL
without a sub domain.
http://features.m6.net is an URL with the sub
domain name: "features".
.net: is the first level domain,
m6: is the second level domain,
features: is the third level domain
For how long do you own domain name?
Generally when you register a domain name it is
registered for a minimum of one year. However,
you can register it for more years, as there is
no hard and fast rule as such.
What is Domain Renewal?
After one year you need to renew your domain
name so that your website doesn’t get lost.
Generally when your domain is about to expire
your domain registrar will send you a reminder
mail regarding the domain renewal.
What happens when your name expires?
When your domain name expires you can renew it
within one month. If you don’t renew it in this
period it goes into a redemption phase. It stays
in this redemption phase for 15 to 30 days
before it is then available for purchase again
at a normal price. Getting a domain name out of
redemption phase is like buying fifty domains as
it can cost around $200!
How to find out the owner of a domain name?
To find out the owner of a domain name, use the
WhoIs search tool on the Internet .For E.g. Go
to http://centralops.net/co/ and type the domain
name under Domain Dossier. It will show you the
name of the registrant/domain’s owner/web host.
What is WhoIs record?
WhoIS record is a domain name search
engine/Internet program where users can enter an
Internet entity (e.g. a domain, a network, some
hosts) and it will give detailed information on
the domain registrar, the owner of the domain,
and respective DNS records.
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