WHAT A DOMAIN NAME IS...
A domain name is a unique address that enables you to have an easy to recognize address for your Web Site and your E-Mail. For example, instead of having a URL address that is shared with your provider such as http://www.yourprovider.com/~yourname/, your address will be http://yourname.com/. And your name will be of your choosing.
SOME REASONS TO HAVE A DOMAIN NAME:
Names are going fast. If you want to be sure that your name will not be taken by someone else, you should take action now. Remember that this is a world wide network and a name can only be used once.
- Pride - If you are a business that takes pride in who you are and what you have to offer, you will want the recognition that goes with your name. Your organization or business will have a unique address that no one else can use.
- Recognition - you will have your own identification. It will be easier to find your business on the Net or to send and receive E-Mail. People just have to remember your name and type it.
- Prestige - by having your own address you will appear to be a large company.
- E-Mail - you can now set up a number of mailboxes and departmentalize by having different addresses.
- Autoresponder - Your domain name will have it's own address and
will be able
to deliver multiple documents for you automatically. The Autoresponder will also log all requests that it responds to. The log profile will be mailed to you weekly.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN DOMAIN NAME:
The first segment of the domain name indicates the host (computer) name. The last segment identifies the top-level domain. Any items in between identify subdomains, which are networks or individual machines within the top-level domain.
The following is a list of some of the current top-level domains:
Your domain name can not have spaces or unusual characters. Only letters, numbers and dashes (i.e. the minus sign - ) are permitted. The InterNIC recommends 12 characters or less in a domain name. (Actually you can have up to 24 characters but it becomes a lot to type and remember every time).
- EDU - Education
- GOV - Government
- MIL - Military
- COM - Commercial (this is the most common name for business use)
Once you have decided on a few possible names, you can check them out by clicking on "Domain Name Availability" at the bottom of this page to see if they've been taken. After checking, hit the back button on your browser to return to this page. There is currently a registration backlog of more than 10,000 domains per month. If you submit an application for a specific name today, there is no guarantee that this domain will be available when your application has been processed.
AVOIDING THE TRAPS IN THE NEW RULES FOR REGISTERING A DOMAIN NAME:
Taken from the New York Law Journal, August 8, 1995, Copyright 1995 Oppedahl & Larson.
The rules have changed! At the beginning of August, 1995, the organization responsible for registering "top-level" Internet domain names announced new rules.
Under the new rules, one's domain name application must consent to the policy statement that policy will change from time to time by Internic.
Under the new rules, the applicant must assert the intention to use the domain name on a regular basis on the Internet. This is intended to discourage "warehousing" of possible desirable domain names.
Under the new rules, the applicant must represent that the use of this name will not interfere with the right of a third party with respect to trademark, service mark, tradename, company name, etc. If someone doesn't like the fact that you have registered a particular domain name, that party may force you to relinquish your domain name. All that party needs to do is present proof to Internic of ownership of a registered trademark that is in full force and owned by them and is identical to the domain name.
Under the new rules, if your domain name goes without regular use for a period of 90 days or more, then you must relinquish that domain name to Internic upon request, making that domain name available for registration by another party.
To be safe against a challenge for your domain name, it would be prudent to read the rules before applying and to consider obtaining a trademark or service mark identical to the domain name.
DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION...
Registration takes from 1 to 2 weeks to process domain names.
- Collect the information required for your domain name registration.
- Prepare and submit the required paperwork to the Internic Registration Authority.
- Track your registration progress.
- Advise you upon registration completion.
After going to the Internic to search for available names, hit the back button on your browser to return to this page.
Go to Domain Name Availability to see if the name you want is still available.
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