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Frequently Asked Questions

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A domain name is essentially a signpost on the Internet. Every website you've ever been to, and every email you've ever composed, has used a domain name in its address. People register domain names in order to 'stake a claim' to a particular name -- whether for business or personal reasons. Once a domain name is registered to a person or company, it is that person's to use exclusively as long as they continue to pay the yearly renewal fee.

The Domain Name System (DNS) translates domain names into numerical Internet Protocol (IP) addresses used by computers on the internet. DNS was created to simplify navigating web sites. So instead of having to remember, you only have to remember mydomain.com. Think of DNS as the address book to the Internet.

Absolutely! Did you know that as of 2021, there were approximately 219,000 domains being registered every day, and growing? 20 years ago, that number was closer to 10,000/day. Get the name you want now, or there's a good chance someone else will. Aside from web hosting, you can also use your domain for just email.

Yes! The maximum number of characters allowed in a domain name is 63. However, that would be an insanely long name to type. Keep in mind that you often have subdomains, which will only add to that length. This is why 2 & 3 character domains, are so highly sought after. So when searching for a name, try to keep it as short as possible.

Unless you have a super unique name, chances are pretty good that someone already had the same idea in the past 25+ years of open DNS registrations. This is an area where you need to tread lightly. If someone already has domain.com, but domain.net is free, don't just jump on that. Do some research and make sure that the owner doesn't have a trademark, or can make a claim of such. It is very difficult to win this battle if you weren't first. Instead, you should try and think of alternate words or combinations that evoke the same idea. With all the new TLD's out there now, you can make some pretty unique combinations that surely aren't taken yet!

Registrar: A "Registrar" (or "Domain Name Registrar") is an organization like Network Solutions that has control over the granting of domains within certain TLDs (top level domains, like the generic .com, .org, .net or country-specific .ca, .us, .mx, etc.).

Registry: The 'Registry' is the backend that registrars have shared access to. Each registrar writes new names to a central registry database, from which the authoritative root (essentially, a table of all domain names on the Internet) is built.

Registrant: A registrant is the person or company who purchases a domain name. For example, Jessica Smith (registrant) registers the name jessicasmith.com through serve-you.net, (registrar reseller) who in turn writes the name to the central database (Registry).

TLD: TLD stands for Top Level Domain. A TLD is the last part of the domain name, after the dot. TLD's are managed by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). In the early years of the internet, there were 3 main TLD's that were publicly available; .com, .net, & .org (.int, .edu, .gov, & .mil also existed for restricted use). In the past 2 decades, there have been over 1000 new TLD's added.

gTLD: gTLD stands for Generic Top Level Domain. The most common of these include .com, .net, & .org. There are however different categories under this. The aforementioned being generic, along with most of the new TLD's being released these days. sponsored, which includes TLD's like .edu, .gov, & .mil. generic restricted like .biz, .name, & .pro, are restricted to a specified purpose.

ccTLD: ccTLD stands for Country Code Top Level Domain. These TLD's were originally meant to be geographic. They were assigned to each country, and in some cases territories like the Christmas Islands (.cx). Each territory is responsible for how that TLD is used. Most countries use them as their primary TLD (though .com still rules them all), however in many cases, countries/territories have sold or leased their ccTLD, and they have been made available to the public. Many being very desirable due to being only 2 characters, such as .co, .me, & .ws.

Domain names are not truly owned -- they're leased out on a first-come, first-served basis, and remain with the initial lessee until either a) the lessee does not renew the name, or b) a business with a trademark of the same name demonstrates a greater claim to the name than the lessee can demonstrate. The question is better phrased as 'who can control the domain name?'. The answer is the domain's Administrative Contact. This is specified by the registrant during the registration process.

Absolutely! You can add additional domains to your cart when ordering, or it's simple to register them once you're already a customer. Just note that some of our hosting plans do have limitations on the number of domains that can be setup with that account. If you do reach that limit, and want to use the domain with the hosting account, you can always upgrade it. Otherwise, you can just get the domain, if you do not need to associate it.

When a domain registration expires, you typically have about a month where you could still renew it at the normal price. This period is known as the grace period. Domain Redemption is the status a domain enters after that initial month of expiry. It is meant to be a freeze period between when the domain expires and when it becomes available to the public again. Think of it as a last chance to get it back. Getting a domain out of redemption can be quite costly, and varies per TLD. There is a redemption fee, plus the regular renewal cost. This is not a fee that we set, nor do we add an upcharge on it. This period usually lasts about a month, but can vary by TLD. After that, the domain will enter a PendingDelete stage for about 5 days, after which it will be released back to the public, or auctioned off. Basically, you do not want your domain to enter this status. We send plenty of notice that your domain is expiring, and after as well.

Whois Privacy is an optional service to mask your identity details to the public on your domain registration. Normally, when someone does a whois command from their terminal, or via a website, it will return all of the registrant details including your name, address, phone number, & email address. These are required on every domain registration. The Whois Privacy service acts as a proxy service in front of your registration info, and shows some generic information, instead of your personal information.

Premium Domains are high value domains set by either the Registrar itself, or the current Registrant. The price on these can vary from a few dollars more than normal, to well into the thousands of dollars. Whether or not they are worth this price is in the eye of the beholder. Beware that they often come with high renewal prices also. You have to really want a specific domain name to go for most of these.