Register a Domain

If you would like to establish a website, this implies that you require a domain. A domain is an easy-to-memorize name that you type in your web browser's location bar when you would like to reach a certain web portal.

Why Do You Require a Domain Name?

This is a topic I touch on due to the fact that one week ago my boss proposed the idea of making a site for our new venture. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a site, but has not decided yet what it should look like, what it should encompass, etc. All that he told me was the name of the web site - its domain name. Thus, we now have an address for a yet-to-be-developed website and nothing aside from that.

The Domain Name

Each web site is hosted on a physical machine. That physical machine has its own physical address, popular also as an Internet Protocol address. Reaching a website by typing the IP of the server in your browser, however, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domains appeared. Thus, a domain pertains to an IP on the web. After it has been registered, that is.

Registering a Domain

To register a cheap domain, you first have to settle on a domain registrar. NTCHosting offers an optimal solution for my present and future projects - they offer a Domain Manager package, which can be effortlessly upgraded to a hosting package at a later time - when my boss finally decides what objective the website will serve.

Hence, to register a domain name, you have to pick a name for your website. Next, you need to select a top-level domain name - this is what follows the dot. For instance, in 'myspace.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Obviously, '.com' signifies 'company', '.net' signifies 'network', '.org' signifies 'organization', etc.

After you've selected your domain name and your future domain name registrar, you need to check whether the domain you would like to register is free, because someone else might have seized it before you, no matter how embarrassing it might be. Each domain registration company, including NTCHosting, has a functionality at their sign-up page, which checks the availability of a given domain. To proceed with the registration of a domain name, you have to fill in some registrant information - the name, the address, the email address and the phone number of the domain's owner.

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

I registered .com, .net, .eu and .org domain names for our project, according to the request of my still-unsure-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-website boss. I tried out the domain management tool NTCHosting is offering and found it very easy to use - everything is logically ordered and, from what I noticed in the hosting Control Panel demo at their web site, once we upgrade to a dedicated web hosting package, it will remain the same, but with a lot more features. This, thank goodness, will save me quite a lot of discomfort from having to administer my domain and web hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to reach a decision about at least what the web site should comprise, I was happy to discover that the domain name administration interface offers DNS management and domain name 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-Specific Top-Level Domain Names

I was quite glad to find that NTCHosting is offering multiple country-code TLDs, as the project the website is intended for is multinational. Country-specific Top-Level Domains are delegated to domestic registries, which permit domain name registrars to register cheap domains, usually at rates that are cheaper than those offered to the end customers. There are numerous country-code domain names: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .it for Italy, .se for Sweden, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I presume, 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 presented.

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
.PRO (Proffesional) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
.CO (Company) $26.00 USD $52.00 USD $260.00 USD $26.00 USD
.TV (Television) $28.00 USD $56.00 USD $280.00 USD $28.00 USD
.NAME (Personal) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.WS (Website) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.MOBI (Mobile) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 USD
.CC (Abriviations) $22.00 USD $44.00 USD $220.00 USD $22.00 USD
.WE.BS (Website) $4.50 USD $9.00 USD $45.00 USD $4.50 USD
.NU (NEW) $32.00 USD $160.00 USD $32.00 USD
.ASIA (Asia) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
Country Code TLDs 1-year 2-years 10-years Domain
with Hosting
.US (United States) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD
.CA (Canada) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $140.00 USD $14.00 USD
.COM.AU (Austraila) $24.00 USD $120.00 USD $24.00 USD
.NET.AU (Austraila) $14.50 USD $29.00 USD $145.00 USD $14.50 USD
.EU (European Union) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD $70.00 USD
.CO.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.ME.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.ORG.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.DE (Germany) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD
.AT (Austria) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $140.00 USD $14.00 USD
.BE (Belgium) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.IT (Italy) $9.00 USD $18.00 USD $90.00 USD $9.00 USD
.ES (Spain) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.ME (Montenegro) $16.00 USD $32.00 USD $160.00 USD $16.00 USD
.NL (Netherlands) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.SE (Sweden) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
.RU (Russia) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD $70.00 USD $7.00 USD
.CO.NZ (New Zealand) $17.00 USD $34.00 USD $170.00 USD $17.00 USD
.NET.NZ (New Zealand) $17.00 USD $34.00 USD $170.00 USD $17.00 USD
.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.COM.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.ORG.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.IDV.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.JP (Japan) $55.00 USD $110.00 USD $550.00 USD $55.00 USD
.IN (India) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.CO.ZA (South Africa) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $140.00 USD $14.00 USD
.COM.MX (Mexico) $48.00 USD $48.00 USD