Get a Domain from NTC Hosting
If you wish to develop a website, this means that you require a domain name. A domain name is a human-recognizable name that you type in your web browser's location bar when you would like to go to a particular web site.
Why Do You Require a Domain Name?
This is a subject I bring up because of the fact that a week ago my boss came up with the idea of developing a website for our brand new project. That itself is not a problem, the problem is that he needs a website, but has not made up his mind yet about what it should look like, what it should include, and so on. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the site - its domain. So, we now have an Internet address for a yet-to-be-made site and nothing aside from that.
The Domain Name
Each website is located on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, popular also as an IP address. Visiting a site by typing the Internet Protocol address of the physical server in your web browser, though, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. So, a domain corresponds to an IP on the World Wide Web. Once it has been registered, of course.
Registering a Domain Name
To register a domain name, you first have to choose a domain registration provider. NTC Hosting has the best solution for my current and prospective projects - they offer a Domain Manager package, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a web hosting package later on - when my boss eventually makes up his mind about what function the website will have.
So, to register a domain name, you need to choose a name for your site. After that, you have to choose a top-level domain name - this is what follows the dot. For example, in 'download.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Obviously, '.com' is short for 'company', '.net' is short for 'network', '.org' is short for 'organization', etc.
Once you've selected your domain name and your future domain name registration provider, you have to determine whether the domain name you wish to register is free, since somebody else might have grabbed it already, no matter how unpleasant this might be. Each domain registration company, including NTC Hosting, offers a search functionality at their sign-up page, which checks the availability of a given domain. To go ahead with the registration of a domain, you need to fill out some domain registrant information - the name, the physical address, the electronic mail address and the telephone number of the registrant of the domain name.
You've Registered a Domain... Now What?
I registered .com, .net, .biz and .org domain names for our project, according to the request of my still-hesitant-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-website boss. I tested the domain name management interface NTC Hosting is offering and found it extremely intuitive - everything is neatly arranged and, from what I noticed in the hosting CP demo at their web site, after we upgrade to a budget web hosting package, it will stay the same, but with many more features. This, thank heavens, will spare me quite a bit of discomfort from having to manage my domain and web site hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make up his mind about at least what the site should comprise, I was pleased to discover that the domain name management interface offers DNS management and domain name renewal options, and - a very valuable feature (!) - a parked domain name template, which I used in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.
Country-Code Top-Level Domains
I was quite happy to see that NTC Hosting is offering multiple country-specific top-level domain names, since the project the website is intended for is international. Country-specific top-level domain names are entrusted to local registry operators, which allow domain name registration vendors to register domains, typically at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end customers. There are many country-code top-level domain names: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .de for Germany, .me for Montenegro, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I am assured, will please my boss because we will be able to prepare a local version of the site for each country where the project will be introduced.
|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)||$12.00 USD||$24.00 USD||$120.00 USD|