Information on Domain Names: Multiple domain
hosting, Domain parking, Sub domains, WhoIs Record, Domain Renewal
Its been two years since John started his online business.
He is very much satisfied with his current web host whose services
he acquired one year ago. Today John is relaxing in his chair
and thinking about the initial days when he spent many hours on
the Internet collecting information related to web hosting. Like
him there are many Johns out there who are in search of
information everyday, visiting this and that website hoping to
find the most illuminating advice. The problem is that common
topics of interest can be found on most of the websites whereas
other relevant issues are not dealt with everywhere. This article
is going to touch on one of those areas: various concerns related
with domain names.
What is multiple domain hosting?
Many times you will see that a web host offers multiple domain
hosting. In simpler words it means that on buying an account you
will have the ability to get multiple websites. For instance,
if the plan provides you with five domain names, you can use one
domain for your website and you will still have four domain names
leftover to use. The advantage of this scenario is that you can
resell these four domain names to your clients.
What is Domain Parking?
If you are planning to build up a website and have decided on
a name for it you then must purchase that domain name from a domain
registrar: i.e. your domain name gets placed on a name server
so that you can use it later on. This is known as domain parking.
Even if your website content is not ready, its better to
park your desired domain name. Otherwise, it might be possible
that in future somebody else acquires that particular domain name.
What are sub domains?
Sub domains are third level domains in the sense that
they are used solely to organize your website content. They are
simply folders under your root directory, but to access them a
special URL is used.
For instance, http://www.m6.net is a regular URL without a sub
http://features.m6.net is an URL with the sub domain name: "features".
.net: is the first level domain,
m6: is the second level domain,
features: is the third level domain
For how long does a domain name belong to you?
Generally when you register a domain name it is registered for
a minimum of one year. However, you can register it for more years,
as there is no hard and fast rule as such.
What is Domain Renewal?
After one year you need to renew your domain name so that your
website doesnt get lost. Generally when your domain is about
to expire your domain registrar will send you a reminder mail
regarding the domain renewal.
What happens when your domain name expires?
When your domain name expires you can renew it within one month.
If you dont renew it in this period it goes into a redemption
phase. It stays in this redemption phase for 15 to 30 days before
it is then available for purchase again at a normal price. Getting
a domain name out of redemption phase is like buying fifty domains
as it can cost around $200!
How to find out the owner of a domain name?
To find out the owner of a domain name, use the WhoIs search tool
on the Internet .For E.g. Go to http://centralops.net/co/ and
type the domain name under Domain Dossier. It will show you the
name of the registrant/domains owner/web host.
What is WhoIs record?
WhoIS record is a domain name search engine/Internet program where
users can enter an Internet entity (e.g. a domain, a network,
some hosts) and it will give detailed information on the domain
registrar, the owner of the domain, and respective DNS records.
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