Thursday, 28 June 2012

How to Register a Domain Name

In order to regulate all of the domain name registration that were being fueled by web hosting services in the late 90s, a domain registration company called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was created. ICANN keeps track of IP addresses and register domain names, in addition to a few other things. Though the corporation worked for a while as a non-profit connected to the government, ICANN has since handed its domain name registration responsibilities over to web hosting & domain register company.

Registering for a domain name simply means that, after purchasing a register website name, a website owner enters that name into the huge database every other domain name on the planet. Once a domain name is registered, its owners information is widely available to anyone willing to look it up and choose that name for business. This often includes several types of contact information, which has led to some people registering their own domains in the name of someone else.

Not all register website domain name companies are accredited by ICANN to register domain names, and there are some domain name registrars who are separate from web hosting services, which makes it possible for individuals who have home servers to register a website name without going through a web host.