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Domains

If you would like to set up a site, this implies that you need a domain. A domain name is an easy-to-memorize name that you type in your web browser's URL bar when you wish to go to a specific site.

Why Do You Need a Domain?

This is a subject I touch on because of the fact that last week my boss brought forth the idea of making a web site for our new project. That itself is not an issue, the issue is that he wants a site, but does not know yet what it should look like, what it should encompass, and so on. All that he revealed to me was the name of the site - its domain name. Thus, we now have an Internet address for a yet-to-be-developed site and nothing else.

The Domain Name

Each website is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, known also as an IP address. Reaching a site by writing the IP of the physical machine in your web browser, however, is not the best and most suitable thing to do, so that was how and why domain names appeared. Hence, a domain name corresponds to an IP on the Internet. After it has been registered, of course.

Registering a Domain Name

To register a domain name, you first have to choose a domain name registrar. Lonex has an optimal solution for my current and prospective projects - they have a Domain Manager plan, which can be easily upgraded to a hosting plan later on - when my boss eventually determines what objective the website will serve.

Hence, to register a domain name, you need to pick a name for your web site. Then, you need to choose a top-level domain name - this is what follows the dot. For instance, in 'youtube.com', '.com' is the Top-Level Domain (TLD). Obviously, '.com' is an abbreviation for 'company', '.net' is an abbreviation for 'network', '.org' is an abbreviation for 'organization', and so on and so forth.

Once you've chosen your domain and your future domain name registrar, you need to ascertain whether the domain you would like to register is free, because somebody else might have registered it already, no matter how embarrassing this might be. Each domain registration vendor, including Lonex, has a functionality at their sign-up page, which checks the availability of a particular domain. To move on with the registration of a domain, you need to fill in certain domain registrant information - the name, the physical address, the e-mail and the telephone number of the domain name's owner.

Low-Priced Domain Name Registration Services by Lonex

Universal TLDs 1-year 2-years 10-years with Hosting
.COM (Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD
.NET (Network) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD
.BIZ (Business) $11.45 USD $22.90 USD $114.50 USD
.ORG (Non-Commercial) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD
.INFO (Information) $12.00 USD $24.00 USD $120.00 USD
.PRO (Proffesional) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
.CO (Company) $26.00 USD $52.00 USD $260.00 USD $26.00 USD
.TV (Television) $28.00 USD $56.00 USD $280.00 USD $28.00 USD
.NAME (Personal) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.WS (Website) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.MOBI (Mobile) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 USD
.CC (Abriviations) $22.00 USD $44.00 USD $220.00 USD $22.00 USD
.WE.BS (Website) $4.50 USD $9.00 USD $45.00 USD $4.50 USD
.NU (NEW) $32.00 USD $160.00 USD $32.00 USD
.ASIA (Asia) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD

You've Registered a Domain... Now What?

I registered .com, .net, .name and .biz domains for our project, according to the wish of my still-hesitating-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-website boss. I tried out the domain name administration interface Lonex is offering and found it very intuitive - everything is logically structured and, from what I noticed in the Control Panel demo at their site, after we upgrade to a dedicated hosting plan, it will stay the same, but with a lot more features. This, thank God, will save me quite a bit of inconvenience from having to administer my domain name and hosting account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to decide at least what the web site should comprise, I was glad to discover that the domain administration dashboard contains DNS management and domain renewal options, and - an extremely handy functionality (!) - a parked domain template, which I used in order to set up a "Coming Soon" page for our domain names.

Country-Code Top-Level Domains

I was quite pleased to discover that Lonex is offering plenty of country-code top-level domain names, since the project the website is aimed for is multinational. Country-code Top-Level Domains are delegated to domestic registry operators, which permit domain name registrars to register domains, typically at rates that are cheaper than those offered to the end clients. There are various country-code domains: .co.uk for the UK, .me for Montenegro, .nl for the Netherlands, .us for the United States of America, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, and so on. This, I am assured, will please my boss because we will be able to prepare a local version of the website for each country where the project will be presented.