What is a Domain / Domain Name?

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What Is Domain Name Hosting?

A domain name is a short, unique name for your site, application, or project by which it is available to other people on the Internet. The domain serves not only for entering the site - with the help of domain names, people remember how to return to you for repeated purchases or services. Therefore, domains most often contain the name of the company or some specific terms for the field of activity. The simpler, shorter and more original a domain, the better it works.

To get your own unique domain, you need to register it through a special registrar organization. This is a paid service. The registrar enters your data and domain name into the general registry - thus the domain is assigned to you for the registration period. The ability to use domains is available through the Domain Name System (DNS).

Domains are registered for 1 year. After the expiration of the registration period, you need to renew the domain, otherwise it will stop working and can be registered by the new owner.

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The Internet is nothing more than a large collection of computers attached to a telecommunications network and a set of protocols that establishes the rules for data to be sent and received by them. Most computers are linked to the Internet through a modem that directs traffic to and from a local phone or cable company. An Internet service provider (ISP) directs the incoming and outgoing data through a local hub to regional hubs.

All the data that makes up a website is located on one or more specialized computers known as servers. Servers can be expensive to purchase and maintain, so companies, known as domain hosts or website hosts, lease server resources to subscribers in return for monthly fees. This allows most anyone to create a website that is available to the public on the World Wide Web (WWW), which is the collective network of all websites in the world that can be accessed through the internet.

In order for computers to understand each other, universal codes and protocols have been established. One of the most important of these protocols for websites and domain hosting is hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). It is this protocol that allows queries to be sent to specific servers so that the websites on those servers can be accessed.

To direct a request for access from a client computer to a website server, a system of names attached to Internet protocol (IP) addresses is in operation. The physical location of the server of a particular website is embedded in the name, which is also known as the uniform resource locator (URL).

How do I register a domain name?

1. Domain name selection and verification. The first step is to check that the selected domain name has not yet been registered and is available for ordering.

2. Filling out a domain owner questionnaire. The domain owner's questionnaire requires your contacts. A domain name can be registered to an individual or a legal entity.

3. Setting up name servers. As name servers, you need to specify the NS servers provided by your hosting provider.

4. Setting up auto-renewal and payment. At the last step, you can choose how the domain will be renewed - automatically or manually. To complete the customization of the order and proceed to payment, click "Add to cart".

How quickly will a domain name work after registration?

The domain name registration process itself usually takes a matter of minutes. After purchasing a domain, the specified contact details of the owner are transferred to the registrar and checked for correctness. If there are no errors, registration begins - the domain is entered into the registry.

After registration, the domain is delegated to the name servers specified when ordering. It will start opening the site from your server after updating the global DNS cache, which can take from 2 to 72 hours.

How do I renew my domain?

Domain renewals become available 30 days before the expiration of the registration period. The cost of renewal is equal to the cost of buying a domain. The domain is renewed for one year from the end date of the current registration period. If you activated auto-renewal when ordering a domain, the domain will be automatically renewed from the account specified in the settings, provided that there are enough funds on it.

If the domain is not renewed within this time, the release procedure will begin. It also lasts for 30 days - and at this time there is a small chance that the domain can still be restored. However, the conditions for such restoration differ depending on the domain zone - in some cases, in addition to the cost of renewal, you will have to pay late fees. If you did not manage to pay for the domain on time and it is still in quarantine, you can clarify the possibility and conditions of restoration by contacting the support service.


The domain name is what makes it easy to identify a website. It consists of a name and its domain extension , depending on its activity. The domain name is essential to the identity of any brand, company, legal or natural person wishing to position itself on the Internet.


All is well, but how do you start registering a domain name? Suddenly my domain name is already taken. How do I know this?


Good afternoon Stig! Thanks for the question!

First, you must find a hosting company that will host your website, web portal, or online store, etc. Now on the Internet there are many offers from hosting companies and it is not difficult to find the one that suits you.

Almost every reputable hosting company has a dedicated domain name lookup tool. It works as a search engine, enter the desired domain name and select the domain zone com, org, info, biz, etc., then search or enter and the system will indicate whether this domain name is available.

If this domain name is already taken, the system will offer you other options. If the domain is available, register it by following the instructions on the screen.

Also, the search tool will suggest similar options for your queries.

Typically, a domain name should be between 1 and 63 characters long. Try to make it as accurately as possible reflect the specifics of your brand.

Often the first domain name is offered by the hosting company for free, provided that the initial hosting package is purchased.