What is a Domain Name?
A Domain Name [example.com] is an easy way to find sites on the Internet without having to memorize long strings of characters, complicated names, or IP addresses. Example.com is much easier than 188.8.131.527 or www.yourprovider.com/public/~yourusername/etc...
Why should I register a Domain Name?
A Domain Name will give you a unique identity on the Internet. Many organizations find it useful to have an e-mail or Web address that is similar to their company name or to their company product(s). Also, a Domain Name that refers to your product or service will assure higher search engine ranking.
What are the currently available Domain Names extensions?
Domain Names fall into several different categories, otherwise known as top-level Domains [TLDs]. There are several top-level Domains:
What costs are associated with registering a Domain Name?
Sidetrips does not charge any fees for Registering your new Domain and associating it with our DNS servers until you are ready for Hosting of your Domain. The fee for purchasing a new Domain Name in .com, .org, and .net is currently $70 (US). This fee covers the initial registration and updates for a period of two years commencing on the day of registration. Once this two-year period has lapsed, registrants will be charged $35 (US) annually to renew the Domain name. An invoice will be sent to the Billing Contact by postal and electronic mail one month before the InterNIC fee is due. Sidetrips does not collect these fees. They should be made directly to Network Solutions - who will bill you directly for the domain. .
What are the valid characters for a Domain Name and how long can it be?
The only valid characters for a Domain Name are letters, numbers and a hyphen [-]. Domain names cannot contain spaces or begin or end with a hyphen. Single letter Domain Names are not permitted (x.com). Domain names must begin with a letter.
How do I find out if a Domain Name is available?
You can use our convenient Domain Name LookUp form . This form searches the Domain Name database and returns the status of your Domain Name request.
What if someone is already using a Domain Name I want?
Domain Names are unique. Domains are registered names on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a Domain Name has been registered by someone, no one else can use it. It is critical you obtain your Domain as quickly as possible .
Can I just register my domain name myself?
Good Question. Yes, with a catch. The Domain Name servers operated by Sidetrips (or any other provider) contain directories of all of the Domains that we are responsible for. A Domain Name must be "responsive" to queries by at least 2 Domain Name servers. Sidetrips provides the 2 Domain Name server addresses when registering the domain on your behalf and programs them to respond to Domain Name queries. Domain Names that are not responsive to " DNS " queries, will be deleted. If you have the equipment and DNS address of your won then you can register your domain, but if not Sidetrips will help. Sidetrips takes care of all this for you as part of the registration process.
What is DNS or Domain Name Service?
Computers identify each other with numbers rather than words. Each Domain Name is therefore assigned a numeric equivalent, called an IP (Internet Protocol) address, which might look something like this: 184.108.40.206. DNS (Domain Name System) is a set of distributed databases containing these numeric equivalents and their corresponding Domain Names. DNS has servers located all over the Internet which perform the translation between names and numbers for other computers. This arrangement allows users to invoke an easy-to-remember name (yourname.com) rather than a difficult string of numbers when seeking out a site on the Internet.
How long will it take to process my registration?
The process of registering a Domain Name is coordinated through an automated process called an "auto-parser." Once you have submitted a complete and correctly formatted Agreement, your registration request will be processed immediately and you will be notified via e-mail when processing is complete.
Once a Domain is registered, who "owns" the Domain Name?
The individual who is the Organization is the Domain Name owner and controls the movement among different service providers. If you register and pay for a Domain then you own the Domain outright.
I'm not ready for a Web site yet, but I want to reserve my domain name before someone else gets it. Can Sidetrips help?
It's a very good idea to reserve now, because InterNIC registers over 100,000 domain names each and every month.
What is Hosting?
Hosting is a term that describes the service of making a web site [Domain Name and webpages] available through the Internet. This allows your site to be viewed by millions of people around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 day a week! For domain hosting services RegisterA.com highly recommends Sidetrips Internet Services, Inc. for their Quality and Support.
Great. How do we get started?
Fill in our on-line order form . You can send any questions you have to email@example.com .
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