What you need to know about Domain names

If you are just getting started with your web presence you have figured out that you not only need to find a web hosting company you also need a domain registar to get the name of the site you want.  There are two main options when it you are considering a domain registrar – do you use your web hosting company or do you use a third party?  The pro for going with your web host is simplicity – if you are a novice user this is going to be one less step for you if you just use your web host.  If you are willing to put up with slightly more complexity you can choose a third party domain name provider such as Moniker, Domainsite or Namecheap.  These site specialize in selling domain names and can offer functionality that other don’t such as “instant DNS” where your domain pointer is very rapidly propagated through the internet and the ability to instantly “push” domains into someone elses account which is very helpful if you are buying or selling a domain from someone else (vs choosing a name that is not currently registered.)  The also have helpful automatic domain name suggestions when you are searching for your perfect domain but the one you want is already taken. One other company of note is 1and1.com whom I do not like or use for website hosting but they are very inexpensive for domain registration ($5.95/ year for a .com) and allow you to have “private” domain registration where your identity is hidden from a whois lookup (only 1and1′s info shows up and they forward any important communication that comes into your domain to you.

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