|1. What is a Web Address (domain name registration)?|
Practically speaking, your Web Address (domain name registration) is the core of your Internet identity, your online brand. Your customers will remember this name and use it to find out about your products and services. And since no two parties can ever hold the same Web Address simultaneously, your Internet identity is totally unique.
Technically, a Web Address is an addressing construct used for identifying and locating computers on the Internet. While computers use Internet Protocol (IP) numbers to locate each other on the Internet, people find them hard to remember. Therefore, Web Addresses were developed to permit the use of easily remembered words and phrases to identify Internet addresses.
For example, the Web Address networksolutions.com represents the company Network Solutions. When you type networksolutions.com in a web browser or send e-mail to someone at networksolutions.com, the Domain Name System (DNS) translates networksolutions.com into the IP numbers used by the Internet and connects you to Network Solutions.
|2. Why should I register a Web Address?|
A Web Address is more than your Internet address, it's your Internet identity, your online brand. It puts you on the map of today's business world, opening your business to literally millions of users worldwide. When you register a Web Address, you'll join over 3.5 million others who are reaping the rewards of being online.
|3. Why should I reserve a Web Address?|
Even if you are not ready to do business on the Internet, you want to make sure that your online brand and identity are available for your use when you are ready. Reserving a Web Address with Network Solutions today also enables you to take advantage of other services that we offer, including dot com mail, a personalized and portable e-mail service, and dot com biz card, a customizable one page Web site to help you promote your business.
|4. How can I determine if the Web Address I want is available?|
It's easy to find out if the name you want is available. Simply enter your desired Web Address in the box on our home page at www.networksolutions.com. We'll tell you if the name you want is available, and we'll give you some computer-generated alternatives based on your first choice.
|5. What do COM, NET and ORG signify in a Web Address?|
COM, NET, and ORG are top-level domains in the hierarchical Domain Name System. These top-level domains are just underneath the "root", which is the start of the hierarchy.
Anyone may register Web Addresses in COM, NET, and ORG. In fact, the best way to protect the uniqueness of your online identity and brands is to register or reserve Web Addresses in all of the top-level domains.
|6. What are the valid characters for a Web Address and how long can my Web Address be?|
Letters and numbers are always valid characters in a Web Address. Hyphens may also be used, but may not begin nor end your Web Address. Spaces and special characters, such as exclamation points (!) and underscores (_), are never permitted in Web Addresses.
A Web Address can be can be up to 26 characters long including the four characters used to identify the top-level domain .COM, .NET, .ORG or .EDU.
|7. Is the "http://www" part of the Web Address?|
No, "www." and "http://www" are not considered to be part of your Web Address. It is part of another type of Internet address used on the World Wide Web called a Universal Resource Locator (URL). A URL is used to describe the exact location of a specific resource on the Internet such as a specific Web page, computer, or database.
Therefore, "example.com" is a valid Web Address containing 11 characters, but www.example.com or http://www.example.com are not.
|8. What does "hosting" my Web Address mean? |
Every Web Address must reside on a host computer. At Network Solutions we refer to this computer as a Domain Name Host. Domain Name Hosts are connected to the Internet and use special software to translate Web Addresses into the numerical addresses (Internet Protocol numbers) used by the Internet. When Internet users enter your Web Address into their browser bar, the Domain Name Host directs them to your Web site. Without it, your Web Address is invisible on the Internet.