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If you want to develop a site, this means that you need a domain. A domain is a human-identifiable name that you write in your browser's address bar when you would like to pay a visit to a given web portal.

Why Do You Need a Domain Name?

This is an issue I touch on because of the fact that a week ago my boss suggested the idea of building a website for our brand new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he needs a web site, but does not know yet what it should look like, what it should encompass, etc. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the web site - its domain name. So, we now have an Internet address for a yet-to-be-launched site and nothing aside from that.

The Domain

Each web site is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own personal physical address, known also as an IP address. Reaching a site by typing the IP of the server in your browser, though, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. Hence, a domain name pertains to an IP address on the web. After it has been registered, of course.

Registering a Domain

To register a domain, you first have to settle on a domain registrar. Exclusive Web Hosting has an optimal solution for my current and prospective projects - they have a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a web hosting plan at a later time - when my boss finally determines what function the web site will serve.

So, to register a domain name, you have to select a name for your site. After that, you have to pick a TLD - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'ask.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Apparently, '.com' is short for 'company', '.net' is short for 'network', '.org' is short for 'organization', and so on and so forth.

After you've picked your domain name and your future domain name registration provider, you need to check whether the domain you want to register is free, since someone else might have taken it already, however embarrassing this might be. Each domain name registrar company, including ExclusiveHosting, offers a search tool at their signup page, which verifies the availability of a certain domain. To move ahead with the registration of a domain name, you have to fill in certain registrant information - the personal name, the address, the e-mail address and the telephone number of the domain name's owner.

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

I registered .com, .net, .org and .biz domains for our project, according to the request of my still-unsure-about-the-function-of-the-future-website boss. I tried out the domain administration dashboard ExclusiveHosting is offering and found it very convenient - everything is coherently arranged and, from what I noticed in the Control Panel demo at their site, once we upgrade to a budget web hosting plan, it will remain the same, but with a lot more functionalities. This, thank God, will save me quite a lot of discomfort from having to manage my domain and website hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to make a decision about at least what the web site should include, I was pleased to discover that the domain name management tool offers DNS administration and domain renewal options, and - a very convenient functionality (!) - a parked domain template, which I resorted to in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.

Country-Code Top-Level Domain Names

I was pretty glad to see that ExclusiveHosting is offering numerous country-code TLDs, since the project the site is intended for is international. Country-specific top-level domain names are entrusted to national registry operators, which enable domain registrars to register domain names, typically at prices that are cheaper than those offered to the end clients. There are a lot of country-code TLDs: .co.uk for the UK, .se for Sweden, .es for Spain, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I am sure, will make my boss happy since we will be able to create a local version of the site for each country where the project will be introduced.

TLDs 1-year 2-years with Hosting
.COM (Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD FREE
.NET (Network) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD FREE
.INFO (Information) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD FREE
.BIZ (Business) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD FREE
.US (United States) $10.00 USD $19.90 USD FREE
.COM.MX (Mexico) $50.00 USD N/A $50.00 USD
.IT (Italy) $37.50 USD N/A $37.50 USD
.CC (Abriviations) $23.00 USD $46.00 USD $23.00 USD
.NET.AU (Austraila) N/A $29.00 USD $29.00 USD
.TV (Television) $30.00 USD $60.00 USD $30.00 USD