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Guide to Domain Registration

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Domain registration is required if you want to get a website address of your own on the Internet. During the domain registration process, you will need to register your website domain in order to get it up and running. The process is pretty straightforward and very easy. All you really need to do is find the right domain host.

The Process of Domain Registration

When you are ready to register- or claim- a domain name, you should start with a bit of comparative research on domain hosts. Think about what you are looking for in a domain host and cross reference that with your monthly budget. Additionally, you should think about the length of time that you would like to own the domain for. Are you interested in owning it for six months, one year or indefinitely? Keep in mind that whatever length of time you may decide upon, you will need to renew your domain registration every year.

A domain host – or place where you go to register your domain – is also known as a domain registrar. The domain registrar charges a fee for the registration services. Usually you will see the fee posted on the landing page of the domain hosts’ (registrar) web page.

Consider the following factors when you choose to register your domain. Will you be the owner of the domain or are you willing to relinquish your ownership? It is important to understand that some domain registrars maintain ownership over the domains that they register. If you are trying to register your domain and own it permanently so it cannot be taken from you or resold, you will need to make sure that there is an option for you to maintain ownership over that domain.

Yet another factor to consider is whether or not you have the capability of transferring your domain to another registrar. Be sure to take a good look at the fees that you might have to pay should you do this. Additionally, you should contact the help desk of the domain registrar that you wish to transfer your domain to just so you will have an idea of the correct way of transferring your domain. Unfortunately if you do not make the transfer correctly you could end up losing the domain name altogether.

Another thing that you should consider asking the domain registrar that you intend on doing business with is if there are any domain name redemption periods. This is something that happens when your domain name is set to expire. This state of limbo is for individuals who fail to renew their domain names.

By educating yourself on these factors, you will better understand the process of domain registration and you will be able to select a company to register your domain name with that provides you with the specific services you need.

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