We’re answering 10 frequently asked domain name questions…
Whether you’re registering a domain name for the first time or becoming a domain name reseller, it’s likely you have a few unanswered questions regarding domain names. Well look no further; we’ve provided answers to 10 of our most frequently asked domain name queries below:
Does every website need a domain?
Yes, every website that is live on the internet needs an accompanying domain name. A domain name is like your website’s address: without it, no one can find the site. Click here for tips on how to find the perfect domain name.
Is a domain name the same as a URL?
Although similar, domain names and URLs are a little different. A domain name is the name of your website that you have to register. A URL is what you type into an address bar to go directly to a webpage. A domain name is part of a URL.
An example domain name is: resell.biz
An example URL is: http://blog.resell.biz/why-should-i-become-a-web-hosting-reseller/
What’s all this talk about gTLDs?
Every domain name has a corresponding Top-Level Domain (TLD), which is the portion of the domain that comes after the ‘dot’. You’re probably familiar with common TLDs such as .com, .net and .org. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (or ICANN) has created hundreds of new domain name endings, known as gTLDs, to allow for more domain names to be registered. Some examples of these are .nyc, .science and .club.
New gTLDs provide website owners with several new domain name options. When the domain name you want is already taken, see if you can find a gTLD that will work for you.
How much does a domain name cost?
The price of a domain name varies depending on demand and TLDs have varying price tags. For example, .com domain names can be very expensive if they contain a commonly used word such as apartments.com or boats.com, but can be registered for as little as $.99 if not deemed ‘premium’.
Typically, .com domain names sell for around $12.00 a year. Other gTLDs such as .photography sell for around $30.00 a year.
How do I choose the right domain name?
You want your domain name to have meaning behind it. If you’re choosing a domain name for your business, do everything you can to register a domain name containing your business’s name. When you look at the major companies around the world, almost all of them have their business name as their domain name (apple.com, nike.com, microsoft.com).
If you’re unable to get your first-choice domain, consider trying a different gTLD or tweaking your business’s name just a bit. Remember that having the right domain name will lead to much higher traffic to your site.
It’s good practice to register multiple domain names, which contain various misspellings of your brand name. By pointing these domain names to your website, you won’t lose valuable traffic from visitors who misspell your domain.
What is a domain name registrar?
A domain name registrar is the company that sells you your domain name. Make sure to go through an ICANN-accredited registrar (like Resell.biz!) to ensure a high level of security for your site.
Registrars get their domain names from registries. These registries run a database of all domain names within a specific TLD. For example, Verisign is the registry for .com.
You can look at registrars as the middleman between a registrant (the person registering a domain name) and the registry. You could even become a domain name reseller through a registrar like Resell.biz! Find out more here.
How often do I have to renew my domain name?
Depending on your domain name registrar, you can register your domain from anywhere between one and ten years. Be aware that the price of registration may rise year-on-year.
As long as you have the domain name registered under your name, no one else can use it. However, should you let the domain name expire, it’s open to the public once again. With that said, keep a note of when your domain name expires so that you can renew it right away. You don’t want to fall victim to letting your domain name slip into the wrong hands…
Note: most registrars will remind you via email when your domain name is close to expiring.
Is it worth making my domain name private?
Although it’s entirely optional, it’s generally good practice to make your domain name private. When you register a domain name, your contact information is automatically displayed on ICANN’s WHOIS search, and anyone wanting to purchase the domain will be able to find your details online. By setting your domain name to private, you block this information from the general public.
How do I point my domain name to my website?
Many domain name registrars offer web hosting along with domain name registration. For example, through Midphase.com you can purchase a domain name and web hosting together.
If you bought your domain name from a separate company, no need to fear. You can contact your registrar and point your domain name to the site that you wish. Resell.biz offers step-by-step technical support to help its clients have their sites up and running.
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