If you wish to establish a web site, this means that you require a domain name. A domain is an easy-to-memorize name that you type in your browser's location bar when you want to reach a particular web page.
Why Do You Require a Domain Name?
This is a subject I touch on because last week my boss brought forth the idea of building a web page for our brand new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a website, but does not know yet what it should look like, what it should include, and so on. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the web site - its domain name. So, we now have an Internet address for a yet-to-be-made web site and nothing aside from that.
Each web site is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, popular also as an Internet Protocol address. Visiting a website by writing 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 came into being. Thus, a domain name corresponds to an IP on the Internet. After it has been registered, that is.
Registering a Domain Name
To register a domain, you first have to settle on a domain registrar. ResellersPanel Hosting offers an optimal solution for my present and prospective projects - they provide a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a web hosting plan at a later time - when my boss eventually decides what purpose the web site will have.
Thus, to register a domain name, you have to select a name for your web site. Then, you need to choose a TLD - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'hotels.com', '.com' is the top-level domain name (TLD). Clearly, '.com' denotes 'company', '.net' denotes 'network', '.org' denotes 'organization', and so on.
Once you've selected your domain and your future domain registration provider, you need to examine whether the domain you wish to register is available for registration, since somebody else might have seized it before you, however annoying this might be. Each domain registration vendor, including ResellersPanel Hosting, has a tool at their sign-up page, which checks the availability of a certain domain name. To continue with the registration of a domain, you need to specify certain domain registrant details - the name, the physical address, the email and the phone number of the owner of the domain.
You've Registered a Domain Name... Now What?
I registered .com, .net, .biz and .org domain names for our project, as per the request of my still-uncertain-about-the-function-of-the-future-website boss. I tested the domain name administration tool ResellersPanel Hosting is offering and found it very convenient - everything is logically organized and, from what I saw in the hosting CP demo at their website, once we upgrade to a budget hosting plan, it will remain the same, just with a lot more features. This, thank heavens, will spare me quite a lot of inconvenience from having to administer my domain and website hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to decide at least what the web site should contain, I was happy to find that the domain management interface offers DNS administration and domain name renewal options, and - a very convenient feature (!) - a parked domain name template, which I resorted to in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.
I was quite happy to find that ResellersPanel Hosting is offering plenty of country-specific TLDs, since the project the site is meant for is international. Country-specific top-level domain names are delegated to local registry operators, which allow domain registration vendors to register domain names, typically at rates that are lower than those offered to the end users. There are plenty of country-specific top-level domain names: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .de for Germany, .me for Montenegro, .us for the United States, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I am assured, will please my boss because we will be able to build a local version of the site for each country where the project will be presented.