Any business can register for a domain name. For most businesses, the domain name they use is their own company name with ".com" as the domain specification. For example, a company named MYBIZNES will register the domain name Several small businesses are registering their own domain in order to establish a corporate presence on the World Wide Web, even if all they have on their domain is a one-page welcome letter from the president of the company. The mere fact that they have a presence on the web with their own domain name already puts them at an advantage over the competition.




Names are registered on a first-come, first served basis. Registration of domain names is handled by InterNIC, which can be considered the S.E.C. of the Internet where name registration is concerned. The InterNIC is a collaborative project of several organizations that is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Since thousands of domain names are registered every single day, the chances of duplication increases to a point where businesses are better prepared with back-up choices. This is the reason why when choosing a domain name you should always have backup name choices, in case your primary choice for a domain name is already taken.


Registration of a domain name does not imply legal ownership of the name. This means that you may be able to register a domain name that is the name of another company. However, that company can send its lawyers after you for using its trademark.

A classic example of this legal challenge was the controversy over whether MTV had any claim to the domain name mtv com which was registered and obtained by a former employee while still working for the company. Some people have been registering names on the speculation that they would be of value someday.




It is essential that you choose a service company before you have your domain name registered. The reason for this is that your domain name application requires an IP numeric address and the name of your host server where your domain name will initially reside. At the time InterNIC registers your domain name, the mapping of the IP addresses is also entered in their database. This allows InterNIC to update DNS routers to point at the host server you are using every time someone tries to access your domain name. This is why registering a domain name without an IP numeric address is discouraged by lnterNIC. If no IP address is found, the entry is incomplete.


There are two critical things you have to know about registering your domain name.

Question # 1 - Who Owns Your Domain Name?

You should!

Some service companies put their name as the "Administrative Contact" for your domain. Because InterNIC views the Administrative Contact as the owner of the domain, this error in domain registration creates serious complications when the domain name owner eventually decides to move to another service company. What happens is that the service provider needs to sign a release that will allow the real domain name owner to modify its registration and move its domain name to another host server. If the service provider is cooperative, everything goes smoothly. Unfortunately, however, this may not always be the case.
If we handle the registration of your domain name, we will put your name and your address as the sole Administrative Contact. Hence, InterNIC considers you as the owner of the name. If you want to move your domain name to another host server, for whatever reason, you are free to do so any time.

Question # 2 - Does Your Cost Already Include The $100 lnterNIC Fee?

Usually No.

InterNIC will bill you directly if you are the Administrative Contact. The Administrative Contact should also be the Billing Contact for your domain name, hence, InterNIC will automatically send you an invoice for a "maintenance fee" of $100 for two years. You pay this amount directly to InterNIC, and it is separate from any charges for registering your domain.

The manner by which people can access your domain name determines whether your domain is low-level access or high-level access. So, what's the difference between these two?

With a low-level domain, your address would be...

http:/ /yourname

If someone forgets to type the "www" or "index", that web user will automatically land on the index of your host server, whichever that may be. But, with a high-level domain, your address would be...

With a high-level domain, you are assigned your own IP Numeric Address. Your customers do not have to type the "/index " after your name and if you use a dedicated web server, you may also drop the "www" before your name. With a high-level domain, you are now in the same league as many Fortune 500 companies, at a price that is reasonable.






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