FAQ's
General Questions

1.

What is a domain name?

2.

Why should people register domain name(s)?

3.

  Who can register a domain?

4.

Don't I have to use Network Solutions to register a domain name?

5.

What is different about registering a domain through you rather than Network Solutions?

6.

How much does it cost to register a domain name?

7.

Why do you charge so much less then your competitors?

8.

What type of payments do you accept?

9.

What is the difference between .com, .net, and .org domain names?

10.

What is the maximum length for domain name?

11.

Is there any limit to how many years can be pre-paid in advance for a registration?

12.

I have registered my domain, what do I do next?

13.

I registered my domain, but when I do a whois, it says that my domain is available.

Domain Management

1.

What does it cost to make changes to my domain?

2.

How do I modify my domain information?

3.

How can my hosting company update my domain information?

4.

How long does it take for my domain information to be updated?

5.

When I registered my domain, it didn't ask for a DNS server.
Don't I need to add DNS servers?



General Questions

1. What is a domain name?
A domain name represents your web site's "address" on the Internet. For this reason, anyone who has a website wants their domain names (addresses) to be easy to remember and closely related the purpose of the website. This makes it easier for customers and others to locate the web site.

2. Why should people register domain name(s)?
Having a domain name that is easy for potential visitors to recall, and that has a direct relationship to the content and purpose of your website, increases the likelihood of getting more visitors to your site. Using your trademark or other memorable fea ture in your internet address provides a guide for your visitors to your site. If you don't register a domain name you want, it is increasingly likely that someone else will, as competition for unique and valuable domain names increases.

3. Who can register a domain?
Many domain names can be registered by anyone. There are certain domain endings which are limited, for example, "edu" and "mil", which are used by educational and US military organizations respectively. Of the three primary top level domains (TLDs: "com", "net", and "org"), however, registration is open to anyone worldwide. Additional TLDs are also forthcoming. See ICANN.org for more details.

4. Don't I have to use Network Solutions to register a domain name?
Not any longer... The domain name registration system is now open to other companies besides Network Solutions.

5. How is registering a domain through you rather than Network Solutions different?
In a word PRICE. Network Solutions has historically charged $70 for a two year registration, not allowing briefer registration periods.

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6. How much does it cost to register a domain name?
The prices for different domain names can vary greatly. Here is a detailed breakdown of pricing structures for various domains.

7. How can you charge so much less then your competitors?
Network Solutions has lost their government-sponsored monopoly and has been forced to open up their database to other registrars. We make money from high volume of transactions based upon our low prices.

8. What type of payments do you accept?
Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

9. What is the difference between .com, .net, and .org domain names?
The domain suffixes basically differentiate between the various types of organizations on the Internet. Generally, the following rules used to apply, but are no longer strictly being folllowed:
  • .com -- businesses and commercial enterprises
  • .net -- network-related organizations and enterprises
  • .org -- charitable or non-profit organizations
The domain suffix type itself has no bearing on accessibility on the Internet from a technical standpoint, but over time the .com domain type has become the most popular and recognizable.

10. What is the maximum length for domain name?
This can be confusing because of the various ways that people count the characters. After the "www." in the domain name, you may have up to 67 characters for the rest of the name, including the extension (".com", ".net", etc .). Remember that only numbers, letters and the hyphen may be used in a domain name, and that the hyphen may not be the first or last character.

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11. Is there any limit to how many years can be pre-paid in advance for a registration?
Yes, but that all depends on the kind of domain name which you are registering. See the pricing structures page for more details.

12. Now that I have registered my domain, what do I do next?
If you want your domain to point to a web site or receive e-mail at that domain name you will have to find a hosting provider. If just want to reserve the domain name for future use you do not have to do anything.

13. I registered my domain, but when I do a whois, it says that my domain is available.
Whois updates on the Network Solutions database are usually updated once a day, but sometimes it takes two or three days. Until the database is updated, your domain will show as not being registered, however it is registered, and CAN NOT be reserved by a nother person.

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Domain Management Questions


1. What does it cost to make changes to my domain?
There are no charges for modifying your domain information.

2. How do I modify my domain information?
You can modify your domain information by logging into the Domain Management Console, a web-based interface that allows real-time domain updates. You will need your domain name and the username and password which you selected when you registered the doma in.

3. How can my hosting company update my domain information?
You will have to establish your hosting company as a sub-user in the Domain Management Console. You will be able to assign them a password and specify which information they are permitted to modify.

4. How long does it take for my domain information to be updated?
Updates are performed instantly (in real-time).

5. When I registered my domain, it didn't ask for a DNS server. Don't I need to specify DNS servers?
No. When you registered, your domain name was automatically assigned to our servers. If you wish to change this at any time, you may do so via the Domain Management Console, and follow the "Manage Name Servers" link.

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