What is a Domain Name and How Does it Work?

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What is a Domain Name and How Does it Work?

First steps toward installing and setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog are:

1. Making a decision about a domain name (or URL – Unique Resource Locator)
2. Purchasing the registration of that name through a domain registrar

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is the unique web address that you type in your web browser’s address bar in Firefox, Google Chrome, or Opera to visit a web site. An example of a domain name is:

www.alekstanojevic.com

I emphasize the word unique because no two domain names can be the same. If someone else has registered the domain name you want, you can’t have it. With that in mind, it sometimes takes a bit of time to find a domain that isn’t already in use and is available for you to use.

It is preferable to register a domain name with a .com extension over the other extensions, but if you are unfortunate enough to have a reasonably common name, then the .com option may not be available, even if you put a hyphen (-) in between your first and last names.

Do you own or rent a Domain Name?

In reality, when you 'buy' a domain name, you don’t really own it you’re purchasing the right to use that domain name for the period of time specified in your order. You can register a domain name for one year or up to ten years.

Domain Name Extensions

When you register your domain name, you’re asked to choose the extension you want for your domain. Just because you have registered your domain as a .com doesn’t mean that someone else doesn't, or can’t, own the very same domain name with a .net.

The cost of a domain name

When you pay the domain registration fee today, you need to pay another registration fee when the renewal date comes up again in a year, or two, or five — how many years you chose to register your domain name for.

How much does a domain name cost per year?

The usual price for a .com domain name is about $10 per year.

Registering a domain name

Domain registrars are companies that sells domain names. They must be certified and approved by ICANN Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

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  • Hi, thanks for info.
    Just want to tell I have a domain name great for domain name rental business: RENT-A-NAME.com. I don't use it so if you need it for your business please contact me. Contact is available through domain whois info… Thanks, cheers!
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What is a Domain Name and How Does it Work?

  1. 1. WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME www.AlekStanojevic.com CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK
  2. 2. If you're new to domain names, this is what you'll learn by reading this presentation: - What Is A Domain Name - Do You Own Or Rent A Domain Name - Most Popular Domain Name Extensions - What Is The Cost Of A Domain Name - What Are Domain Name Registrars - How To Register A Domain Name www.AlekStanojevic.com CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK
  3. 3. First steps toward installing and setting up a self- hosted WordPress blog are: * Making a decision about a domain name (or URL – Unique Resource Locator) * Purchasing the registration of that name through a domain registrar. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME
  4. 4. A domain name is the unique web address that you type in your web browser’s address bar in Firefox, Google Chrome, or Opera to visit a web site. An example of a domain name is: www.AlekStanojevic.com CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME
  5. 5. I emphasize the word unique because no two domain names can be the same. If someone else has registered the domain name you want, you CAN’T have it. With that in mind, it sometimes takes a bit of time to find a domain that isn’t already in use, and is available for you to use. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME
  6. 6. Because you want to establish a brand of yourself, then it is beneficial to register a domain name which includes your personal name. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME
  7. 7. It is preferable to register a domain name with a .com extension over the other extensions, but if you are “unfortunate” enough to have a reasonably common name, then the .com option may not be available, even if you put a hyphen (-) in between your first and last names. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME
  8. 8. If this is the case, you could try one of the other domain name extensions, such as: .org .net .info CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME
  9. 9. Alternatively, if you are adamant you want a .com domain name, you could try and register something along the lines of the following to include your personal name… CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME
  10. 10. YourNameBlog.com YourNameOnline.com YourNameMarketing.com AskYourName.com WorkWithYourName.com LearnXYZWithYourName.com (XYZ – Spanish, Guitar, WordPress, etc.) CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME
  11. 11. With a little imagination you should be able to come up with something both suitable and brandable if the obvious choice is not available. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME
  12. 12. DO YOU OWN OR RENT A DOMAIN NAME www.AlekStanojevic.com CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK
  13. 13. In reality, when you “buy” a domain name, you don’t really own it - you are purchasing the right to use that domain name for the period of time specified in your order. You can register a domain name for one year or up to ten years. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME DO YOU OWN OR RENT A DOMAIN NAME
  14. 14. Most registrars give you the option of signing up for a service called Auto Renew. This service automatically renews your domain name, and bills the charges to the credit card you have set up on that account. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME DO YOU OWN OR RENT A DOMAIN NAME
  15. 15. The registrar sends you a reminder a few months in advance, telling you it’s time to renew. If you do not have the Auto Renew option set up, you need to log in to your registrar account before it expires, and manually renew your domain name. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME DO YOU OWN OR RENT A DOMAIN NAME
  16. 16. DOMAIN NAME EXTENSIONS www.AlekStanojevic.com CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK
  17. 17. When registering a domain name, be aware of the extension that you want. The .com, .net, .org, .info, or .biz extension that you see tagged at the end of any domain name is the Top-Level Domain (TLD) extension. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME DOMAIN NAME EXTENSIONS
  18. 18. When you register your domain name, you’re asked to choose the extension you want for your domain. Just because you have registered your domain as a .com doesn’t mean that someone else doesn’t, or can’t own the very same domain name with a .net. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME DOMAIN NAME EXTENSIONS
  19. 19. So if you register YourName.com, and it becomes a hugely popular site among your readers, someone else can come along and register Yourname.net, and run a similar site to yours. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME DOMAIN NAME EXTENSIONS
  20. 20. The other reason could be that that person have the same first and last name as you. If you want to prevent this problem you can register your domain name with all available extensions. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME DOMAIN NAME EXTENSIONS
  21. 21. THE COST OF A DOMAIN NAME www.AlekStanojevic.com CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK
  22. 22. Registering a domain name costs you anywhere from $1 to $25 per year, depending on what service you use for a registrar, and what options (auto renew, privacy options, search engine submission services, etc.) you apply to your domain name during the registration process. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME THE COST OF A DOMAIN NAME
  23. 23. When you pay the domain registration fee today, you need to pay another registration fee when the renewal date comes up again in a year, or two, or five - how many years you chose to register your domain name for. The usual price for a .com domain name is about $10 per year. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME THE COST OF A DOMAIN NAME
  24. 24. REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME www.AlekStanojevic.com CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK
  25. 25. Domain registrars are companies that sells domain names. They must be certified and approved by ICANN - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME
  26. 26. Although hundreds of domain registrars exist today, the ones in the following list are popular because of their: * longevity in the industry * competitive pricing * variety of services they offer in addition to domain name registration CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME
  27. 27. www.GoDaddy.com www.NameCheap.com www.Name.com CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME
  28. 28. No matter where you choose to register your domain name, here are the steps you can take to accomplish this task… CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME
  29. 29. 1. Decide on a domain name Doing a little planning and forethought here is necessary. Many people think of a domain name as a brand — a way of identifying their web sites or blogs. Think of potential names for your site; then you can proceed with your plan. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME
  30. 30. 2. Verify the domain name’s availability In your web browser, enter the URL of the domain registrar of your choice (for example: www.namecheap.com). CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME
  31. 31. Look for the section on the registrar’s web site that lets you enter the domain name (typically, a short text field) to see if it’s available. If the domain name isn’t available as a .com, try .net or .info. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME
  32. 32. 3. Purchase the domain name Follow the domain registrar’s steps to purchase the name using your credit card. After you complete the checkout process, you receive an email confirming your purchase, so be sure to use a valid email address during the registration process. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME
  33. 33. NOTE: Some of the domain registrars have web hosting services that you can sign up for, but you DON'T have to use those services. Often, you can find web hosting services for a lower cost than most domain registrars offer. CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK – WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME
  34. 34. Now that you know more about: - What Is A Domain Name - Do You Own Or Rent A Domain Name - Most Popular Domain Name Extensions - What Is The Cost Of A Domain Name - What Are Domain Name Registrars - How To Register A Domain Name www.AlekStanojevic.com CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK
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  38. 38. IN THAT PRESENTATION WE WILL DISCUSS IN MORE DETAIL ABOUT THE NAMECHEAP DOMAIN REGISTRAR AND THE 5 GOOD REASONS WHY TO USE ITS SERVICES www.AlekStanojevic.com CREATE YOUR FIRST BLOG WITH ALEK
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