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I'm interested in registering a domain. My own .com or .net or whatever. Once I find a name that is available what steps should I take?

I know there are hundreds of companies willing to take an annual fee to register my domain name but do I have to go this route? Do these companies do something that I cannot do on my own? I get the feeling they are just middle men and I'd like to circumvent them if at all possible. I get the impression, however, it would be cost prohibitive to actually own my domain...I take it leasing is the only real option for mere mortals?

 

Also, what is the story behind all these new domain extensions I've been seeing. There are .tv, .biz, .name, etc...do these function just like the standard .com, .net, .edu, & .gov we're all used to? Is it just a prestige thing? I've never (knowingly) visited a .tv or .name site so I don't know if those are the trailer parks of the Internet. (no offense intended to trailer parks, of course)

 

Finally, what sort of protection (if any) will I have if my lmnop.net registered and some new company in Kalamazoo called LMNOP wants my domain?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Let's see. You do need to pay someone to register your domain, I don't think it can be done for free...unless it's part of some package deal. I wouldn't pay more than $15 a year, I registered my domains with GKG.net - I see they have dropped their price to $8.50/year.

 

You may be able to do it through your current ISP, which is not a bad way to do it since they can set it up to point to their servers. Which is something you will have to do otherwise (it's not complicated).

 

If you don't have an ISP that hosts domains (like AOL, for example) - you'll need one.

 

Some of the non-standard domain extensions cost extra, .tv is actually the pacific Island nation of Tuvalu, they charge for .tv because they realized that entertainment companies (like TV stations and networks) might use .tv to host their shows. It's quite a funny story actually.

 

I don't believe .biz is an extra cost, it's meant for businesses, but I think you can use it anyway. .nam is to register your name as a domain...but if possible I'd avoid the non-standard extensions...but that's just me.

 

As far as domain name rights, I believe if you use a name that someone else either already has trademarked, or trademarks in the future they can take it from you. Regular words (which are all gone, for all intents and purposes), and probably phrases don't have the same rules as made-up trademarks, so I think your safe with CampRules.com. I'm fuzzy on that last point, so maybe someone more knowledgeable can say for sure.

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I know there are hundreds of companies willing to take an annual fee to register my domain name but do I have to go this route? Do these companies do something that I cannot do on my own? I get the feeling they are just middle men and I'd like to circumvent them if at all possible. I get the impression, however, it would be cost prohibitive to actually own my domain...I take it leasing is the only real option for mere mortals?

First of all, in most cases when you register a domain name you do own it. You aren't leasing it, just paying the fees required for the registration process.

 

Becoming a domain registrar is a pretty involved process, I'd be pretty impressed if an individual could pull it off ;). First you have to get ICANN accredited then you have to sign up with someone like Verisign so you can register TLDs. You can see the kind of money involved here and here.

 

Also, what is the story behind all these new domain extensions I've been seeing. There are .tv, .biz, .name, etc...do these function just like the standard .com, .net, .edu, & .gov we're all used to? Is it just a prestige thing? I've never (knowingly) visited a .tv or .name site so I don't know if those are the trailer parks of the Internet. (no offense intended to trailer parks, of course)

The extensions are known as TLD's. They do work the same as .com .net etc. for the most part. The funny thing about .tv is it's actually the country code for Tuvalu (like .uk is for England), but they're allowing registrations from anyone to make money for the country (Edit: d'oh, Ed beat me to it ;)). But no, the extension doesn't affect the site at all. I find that .com, .net, and .org are the easiest for people to remember though.

 

Finally, what sort of protection (if any) will I have if my lmnop.net registered and some new company in Kalamazoo called LMNOP wants my domain?

ICANN has a Domain Dispute Policy that is used in instances like these.

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Godaddy is great and the cheapest - just be sure to say "no" to all the other offers.

 

Actually their domain forwarding works fine - you can have them redirect yourdomain.com to point to a personal site on a different provider. For example if you have a personal site at http://xyz.123.com/domain/sites/boyisthisa...e/~8675309eine/

you could just type in yourdomainname.com and it would go there. They also can forward email sent to the domain to another account (all for a nominal fee of course :) )

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