Q: I want to setup a web site for
my business. What is the process
for registering a domain name? Who
do you have to contact?
until a few years ago, all domain names were registered through Network
Solutions. Cost was $35/year and
you had to buy 2 years to start. In
October 1998, Network Solutions’ monopoly was dissolved by the US
government. Today there are many
companies that sell domain names ranging from $8.95-$35/year.
registration is probably the least expensive part of your web site.
If you know where you want your site hosted, have them register your
domain name. If you want to hold
a name, or find out if it’s available, here are a few places to start:
The first step is
to select your domain name. A
Domain Name is a unique identifier with the following form:
www.mycompanyname.com. The .com
part is called the TLD (Top Level Domain).
The most common ones are .com, .org and .net.
is generally for non-profit organizations.
for network providers, but is used by businesses.
is for businesses. It is also
the most common – something like 23 million domain names are set up as
If you have a for
profit business, choose .com or .net. Some
businesses buy both so no one else can use their name.
The “mycompanyname” part should, of course, be your company name.
It can be up to 63 characters and contain letters, numbers and dashes.
If your name is already taken, try using a dash or adding key words
important to your business. The
domain registration sites listed above allow you to enter the name you desire
and then tell you if it’s available. Be
creative and keep trying.
Two new TLDs become
generally available starting September 12th.
They are .biz for businesses and .info for information.
If you can’t find a good name using .com, try using .biz.
The new TLDs are ok, but .com is what people think of first.
selected your domain name, the rest of the process is typing information and
selecting a password. Be sure to
keep note of the password as you will need it to make any changes to your
last step is entering your credit card number.
Once you submit your credit card number, it’s a done deal.
Any time before that, you can bail out.
you have a computer question you would like answered in this space, send it to
past columns of Tips from Tonna, check out the web site: www.computer-lynx.com.
Kutner, Computer LYNX, works with companies to list and develop their web sites. Phone (206) 575-3979 or email email@example.com.
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in "Verve" - September 2001. Copyright Tonna Kutner