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Web 101: Choosing and Registering a Domain Name

The most well-known generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) is the .com, an international extension for everyone from large corporations to small personal websites. Which extension should you use, and who should you register your domain with?

In 1983 the Domain Name System (DNS) was invented so people did not have to remember a long string of funny numbers. DNS inherits its structure from an even older systems but it was with the birth of the DNS that we are able to type in letters instead of numbers.

When domain names become fashionable, domains owners needed to control the rights of their domain names, and an administrative authority was necessary. Fifteen years later ICANN saw the day of light and its governing purpose is to coordinate all the unique domain names on the web today.

Current Use of Domain Extensions

Today there are a few groups of domain extensions: gTLDs, ccTLDs, and the personal domains. The most well-known generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) is the .com, an international extension for everyone from large corporations to small personal websites. Being the most popular extension in the world, it is increasingly difficult to find a .com domain name. It has led to new and creative ways of setting up domain names. The .com will always be in demand but it is not as sought after than in the earlier years.

Other domain extensions that are frequently used on the web today are: .net, .org, .co.uk, .de, .fr and .it. As you can see, there is a healthy mix of both generic top-level domains (gTDL) and country code top-level domains (ccTLD) among many of the websites of today.

Here are some fun facts about domain names:

  • All 3 letter possibilities are gone on .com
  • All 4 letter words are depleted on .com
  • The most popular registered domain name length is 11 characters
  • There are 255,000+ domain names that are 32 characters or longer
  • All of the top 10,000 family names are registered as a domain name
  • The most common letter to start a domain with is S

Registering a Domain Name

There are two alternatives to register a domain name: 1) via a web hosting provider (ie. Neoreef), or 2) through a legitimate domain registrar (ie Godaddy). When registering a domain through a Registrar, instead of through Neoreef, there will be a 60 day hold on domain transfers. A registrar has the ability to manage gTLDs but not all ccTLDs. Each country decides which registrars that are allowed to sell its ccTLD; check the country’s domain website where country domains may be bought.

When working with Neoreef, we will register and manage your domain for you. If you do not have a domain name and are going to work with us, please let us register your domain name for you. The domain will still be owned by you, but managed by us so there is no delay or lag of service.

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