Low-Cost Domain Registrations

If you would like to run a web site, this means that you require a domain name. A domain name is an easy-to-memorize name that you type in your web browser's location bar when you desire to visit a given website.

Why Do You Require a Domain Name?

This is a subject I introduce because of the fact that one week ago my boss came up with the idea of launching a web site for our new project. That itself is not a problem, the problem is that he wants a web site, but does not know yet what it should look like, what it should include, etc. All that he mentioned to me was the name of the web site - its domain name. So, we now have a web address for a future site and nothing aside from that.

The Domain

Each web site is hosted on a physical server. That physical server has its own personal physical address, known also as an Internet Protocol address. Accessing a website by writing the IP address of the machine in your browser, though, is not the best and most convenient thing to do, so that was how and why domain names came into being. Thus, a domain name corresponds to an IP address on the World Wide Web. Once it has been registered, that is.

Registering a Domain Name

To register a cheap domain, you first need to choose a domain name registrar. NTC Hosting has an optimal solution for my present and future projects - they have a Domain Manager package, which can be easily upgraded to a web hosting plan later on - when my boss eventually reaches a decision about what objective the web site will serve.

Thus, to register a domain name, you have to select a name for your website. After that, you need to select a Top-Level Domain - this is what comes after the dot. For example, in 'answers.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', etc.

Once you've chosen your domain name and your future registrar, you need to ascertain whether the domain name you wish to register is available for registration, since somebody else might have grabbed it before you, however embarrassing this might be. Each domain registration company, including NTC Hosting, has a functionality at their signup page, which ascertains the availability of a particular domain. To carry on with the registration of a domain name, you need to fill in some domain registrant info - the personal name, the address, the mail address and the telephone number of the domain name's owner.

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

I registered .com, .net, .eu and .info domains for our venture, as per the request of my still-unsure-about-the-purpose-of-the-future-site boss. I tested the domain management interface NTC Hosting is offering and found it extremely easy to use - everything is coherently arranged and, from what I saw in the Control Panel demo at their web site, once we upgrade to a dedicated hosting package, it will stay the same, just with a lot more functionalities. This, thank goodness, will save me quite a lot of discomfort from having to manage my domain and web site hosting user account separately. So, while waiting for the boss to determine at least what the website should include, I was glad to discover that the domain name management tool offers DNS management and domain name renewal options, and - a very useful functionality (!) - a parked domain template, which I resorted to in order to create a "Coming Soon" page for our domains.

Country-Specific TLDs

I was pretty happy to discover that NTC Hosting is offering lots of country-specific top-level domain names, because the project the site is intended for is multinational. Country-code TLDs are entrusted to domestic registry operators, which allow domain registrar companies to register cheap domain names, usually at rates that are cheaper than those offered to the end clients. There are different country-code top-level domain names: .co.uk for the United Kingdom, .se for Sweden, .de for Germany, .us for the USA, .ca for Canada, .com.au for Australia, etc. This, I suppose, will make my boss happy since we will be able to create a local version of the site for each country where the project will be presented.

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