Seeing this page for the first time? We understand this might me confusing, so we gathered a number of basic questions our customers usually ask us and want to share the answers with you. If you do not find the answer to your question, please feel free to contact us. If you do not find the answer to your question, please feel free to contact us.
For example, in the URL http://www.pcwebopedia.com/index.html, the domain name is pcwebopedia.com. Because the Internet is based on IP addresses, not domain names, every Web server requires a Domain Name System (DNS) server to translate domain names into IP addresses.
It takes a minute to register and the domain is available after that to either forward to an existing site and/or forward email, or setup a website (you need to get hosting for that either here or elsewhere).
- ".com" names were originally designated for commercial (for profit) organizations or individuals but now are typically used for any purpose.
- ".net" was originally for network providers, but can now be used for any purpose, commercial, non-profit, or personal.
- ".org" was originally designated for non-profit organizations or groups, but now can be used for any purpose, commercial, non-profit, or personal. Important: Organizations that register in .org are strongly encouraged to register the similar .com name to prevent confusion from users who type the .com of the same domain by accident.
- ".info" is a new general purpose TLD that can be used for any purpose.
- ".edu" is for 4-year, degree granting colleges/universities ONLY.
- ".gov" is for US Federal Government agencies ONLY.
TLD stands for "Top Level Domain", so ".com", ".net", ".org", ".edu", ".gov" are all examples of TLD's. Other less popular TLD's include .aero .asia .biz .coop .mobi .name .tel .pro .travel .xxx .cat .int .jobs .museum. As these are far from ubiquitous and rarely used, DomainRegistry.com Inc. does not offer registration of those TLD's.
A ccTLD is a country top level domain. Examples of ccTLD's include .uk (United Kingdom), .de (Germany), .nl (Netherlands), .ch (Switzerland), .za (South Africa), .es (Spain) to name only a few.
If you are registering a name for your company and planning to grow, it is always a good idea to think about brand protection as early as possible. Today there are many available new extensions and many good names are still available. It will far less expensive to register domains with your company name, than trying to get them back later, especially if your new brand does not already have a trademark.