Are you master of your domain? - Part 1

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Domain Name Registration

If you're a Seinfeld fan, you know what the title means. But this blog is not about Seinfeld episode. Instead, we'll talk about domain name that you buy from a domain registrar for your website. If you already have a website, chances are you already have one or more registered domain names that point to your web hosting server where your website resides. However, if you are thinking of buying a domain name for your existing or future website, this blog may help you.

Can A Website Be Hosted Without Having A Domain Name?

Yes, you can have a website without having your own domain name. Many companies offer free website under their domain name and give you a sub-domain or website address such as
http://YourCompanyName. TheirWebAddress.com
If you host your website under their domain or sub-domain name, you will not have total control over your website address, hosting, design and layout, search engine optimization, and branding. However, we highly recommend that you have a website under your own domain name.

Top-level Domain (TLD)

According to Wikipedia “a top-level domain (TLD) is one of the domains at the highest level in the hierarchical Domain Name System of the Internet.” Any person or entity can register an open TLD such as .com, .net, .org, .biz and .info.

Your online success starts with your domain. The most popular and widely recognized TLD domain is .com. Securing a top-level domain name, especially a .com for your website is the very first step if you are thinking of having a website in the near future. If the domain name you have in mind is available today, register it as soon as possible. It may be gone if you wait until your website is built.

Domain Name Registrar and Domain Prices

There are many domain name registrars exist today. Domain prices depend on the company from who you buy your domain name and the type of TLD domain name you are interested in. An average TLD domain price shouldn't cost you more than $12 USD if it's available. Be aware that some companies sell domain names for as much as $80 USD/year and they increase the domain price when you renew your domain name each year. You should stay away from these companies and buy your domain name elsewhere.

If you already own one or more domain names and feel that your domain registrar is charging you more or you are unsatisfied with your provider, you can always transfer your domain name to another domain registrar who charges less. Should you decide to transfer your domain name, you must do so before your yearly domain renewal date.

Private Domain Registration

Anytime you buy a TLD domain name (.com, .net, .org, .biz, and .info), your personal and/or business information such as name, address, phone, e-mail etc. becomes public by default, unless you tell your domain registrar to make these information private. Most domain registrars charge additional fees should you decide to make your information private. Fortunately, there are a few domain registrars still out there who will not charge you a penny to make your information private. You should be buying your domain names from domain sellers who do not charge additional fees for this added service. As we mentioned above, a domain name should not cost you more than $12 USD per year, whether you make your information public or private.

We will discuss more about domain name in our next blog. So please bookmark our website and check back later. In the mean time, if you have any questions regarding domain registration or want us to help you to find and manage your perfect Internet address., contact Florida Web Media or call us at (561) 291-9932.