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What is a Domain Name?
What is a Registrar?
How do I buy a domain name from Domain Source?
How long will it take Domain Source to respond to an offer for a domain name?
How do I transfer the name?
Is purchasing a domain name an investment?
What about the Dot Bomb era?
Domain name administration
What is a TLD?
What types of payment do you accept?
Will my information be given to a third party?
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is the last two parts of an Internet address. If you look at the URL for this page, you will notice that it starts with www.DomainSource.com. Our domain name is DomainSource.com. The domain name is unique and can give you or your company or organization an identity on the Internet. Your domain name should make it simple for clients and customers to locate you on the Web. Your Domain name also allows you to receive e-mail at a customized e-mail address. Since a domain name is no longer available after it has been registered, it therefore creates inherent value for your organization.
Top level domain (TLD) is the portion of a domain name that is to the right of the dot.
Current TLD's include:
.COM - historically was for "for profit" entities - currently available to all
.NET - historically for network service providers - currently available to all
.ORG - historically for nonprofit entities - currently available to all.
INFO - "information" - currently available to all
.BIZ - "business" - currently available to all
.GOV - for government institutions
.MIL - for military institutions
.EDU - for educational institutions
There is also a third element, called a sub-domain, as a part of a Web address. The "www" is the sub-domain in the address: http://www.company.com/. The same company or domain name may have multiple sub-domains associated with it that point to different resources. For example, a company might have different Web sites at the addresses: http://www.company.com/, http://sales.company.com/, and http://billing.company.com/. Additional TLDS, such as .AERO, .MUSEUM and .PRO are also being considered.
However, there are already many other top level domains around the world that consist of country codes such as .WS, .BZ, .NU, .CC, etc. Despite the existence of alternative TLDs the majority of the business world is buying names and branding companies with .COM and .NET extensions, abandoning other possibilities. Presently the highest trafficked sites and the easiest sites to remember all use .COM and .NET. Further supporting the universal acceptance of the .COM over the alternative TLDs and cc TLDs is that the Netscape Navigator and Microsoft IE Web browsers do automatic lookups of only .COM addresses.