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14th November, 2012 | Articles |

Domain names: Everything you need to know

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If you're looking to purchase a domain name, you will need to know the basic terminology of domains. But first, what exactly is a domain name? A domain name is a unique web address to identify your web pages. People are then able to access your web site with this domain name, which is also known as a web site. Is it only for web sites? No; it can also be used for email identification. Newsgroups are also identified by a domain name using an FTP server (must have password and username to enter). Bulk registering

Buld registering is when you purchase multiple domain names (in bulk) at once. Likely you will get a good discount when you purchase bulk domain names at once, so if you are looking to have more than one, you should consider buying them all at one time. Masked URL

Masked URL forwarding; pretend you have a domain named bob.net and a web site called me.net/aboutme. With the masked URL forwarding, instead of bob.net showing up in the address bar, it would show me.net/aboutme. This occurs in standard URL forwarding. MX Record

MX Record; this is a special entry you make in a name server that tells the internet where your email is routed. Most of the time, the entry would be the address of your web host. Often-times, you can change it to point to other services (i.e. Mymailbox.com and Anyone.net). You can easily have it changed with a phone call or email request and you shouldn't be charged for changing this record. Name servers

Name Servers are machines that translate domain names into TCP/IP addresses. Once you register a domain, it is required that you input two or more domain server names, along with their TCP/IP addresses, into the definition of your domain. For instance, when someone is surfing the net, the name server is queried to find the domain address. In short, your name server and your domain registrar and/or web hosting company should be free of one another. Transfering a domain

Transferring a domain is the process of moving one domain's info from one registrar to another. Signing of documents is required and likely there won't be a transfer fee if you purchase an additional year on your domain registration. Transfering Ownership

Transferring Ownership; when you lease a domain (usually one or two years; can be more), you are known as the owner of that domain. When you choose to lease or sell your domain, a transfer of ownership will take place. Depending on which registrar you are with will determine whether or not you will be required to sign legal documents or just change this directly from their web address. This process should be free either way. URL Forwarding

URL Forwarding is a feature that is used for hosting a web site from somewhere that doesn't allow access to a name server. A great example is geocities.com, they offer free sites, but don't offer this feature. Instead, the domain registrar allows you to enter the address of your site into a form, then their name servers will intercept requests of your domain name, which will translate them to a web address. If you site is hosted on a paid web host, this feature isn't necessary. The paid host likely will have it's own server name. WHOIS

WHOIS; this is a database with names of individuals and companies that own domain names. You can find out who owns what.

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