What Does A Domain Name Mean?
A domain name is a website address and a unique identifier for your business. No two websites can share the same domain name. If you have a small business or are just an enthusiast starting out, if you want the world to easily find you online, getting a domain name is the first step.
Do I Really Need A Domain Name?
By getting a simple and easy to remember domain name, you make it easy for the world to find you online. A website for your business makes your brand easy to recall and looks professional on website and email communication. Make your communication sound credible by using email addresses like email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc.
How does a domain name work?
The easiest way to explain this is that it’s your address on the Internet. All websites are located on a web server and are accessible through a series of numbers called Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses. Since it is not easy to remember numbers for every website, domain names help translate those numbers into ease-to-remember phrases or names.
Hence, when a person types in www.whois.com, the Domain Name System (DNS) converts the domain name into an IP address. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) then uses these numbers to connect to the Whois.com website.
What Domain Name should I choose?
It is important that your domain name be a short word or phrase, that is easy to remember and relevant to your brand. If you are starting a website for a blog, you should choose a domain name that is related to the type of content you shall be publishing. If you are starting a website for your business, try and use your company name in the domain name.
It is recommended to try and have a domain name that is short (between 5 - 20 characters) which helps people easily recall the name. Try and avoid using acronyms or complicated phrases. Stay away from numbers as they could be potentially confusing to visitors for e.g. people typing ‘5’ instead of ‘five’.
Ultimately, you should choose a domain name that you would be happy to tell others about.
How long should I keep a domain name?
Any lapse in domain validity could sacrifice your entire online identity. You should always keep a track of the expiry date of your domain name and renew it a few weeks before it expires. Once you lose your domain name, it can be bought by anyone in the world.
To aid customers, Whois.com sends you notifications of renewal deadlines to your registered email address. We recommend keeping your information updated and active. If you miss out on these important emails, you could lose your domain name and hence risk sacrificing all your efforts in building brand awareness.
How do I get a domain name?
If you would like to register a domain name, you will need to have the following information available:
- Owner, Administrative, Billing and Technical contacts:
- Their Name
- Their Postal Address
- Their Email address
- Your Username & Password
- DNS information, which can be obtained from the web hosting company you shall use
- Credit card or other payment information
You will also need to accept our Terms & Conditions.
How many Domain Name can I register at a time?
There are no restrictions! You can register unlimited domains as long as they are available.
Do I need to have a Website in order to register a Domain Name?
There is no need to have an existing website in order to register a domain name.
How much time does it take to complete the registration process for my Domain Name?
Once you have provided us with your details and made the payment for your Domain Name, it shall be reserved immediately. If you would like it to connect to a web server, that may take anywhere from 24 - 72 hours for DNS propogation to occur.
How do I verify that my Domain Name has been registered successfully?
You will receive a confirmation email confirming your details once the process has been completed.
How do I manage my Domain Name?
Once you have registered on our website, you will receive an email containing your username and password. This will allow you to login and access your control panel from where you can administer your domain name.
Can DNS server details be modified after registration?
Your DNS server information can be modified at anytime! After logging in to your control panel, navigate to the ‘Manage Domains’ section. Select Modify Name Server Details and then enter the new details.
Will Web Hosting be included with my Domain Name?
No, you will need to purchase Web hosting. We have several Hosting plans that you can use to build a website for your Domain Name.
What is a Subdomain?
Subdomains are a part of your website formed under the main domain you have registered. For e.g. blog.yourbusiness.com" is a subdomain under yourbusiness.com. It allows your to send a website visitor to a specific part of your site.