I register an all-numeric domain name?
You can use the characters a-z and 0-9 (in any
combination). You can also use hyphens (-), although
your domain name cannot start or end with a hyphen.
You cannot use any other characters, nor should you
What's the minimum number of characters in a domain
Most domain name extensions require a minimum of 2
characters for a domain name, although a few countries
have set higher minimums for names registered under
What information will I receive when ordering a
Some registrars will mail you a paper record of your
domain name registration. Others send you an email
confirmation. Others simply display a confirmation
screen in your web browser upon completing an order.
It is always a good idea to print out
supplied by your registrar during the registration
process so that you will have access to it later.
How much should I be paying to register a domain?
Most domain name registrars charge from $9-25 per
domain name registration for .com, .net and .org names
(one year registration period). Many of the more expensive
services bundle domain name registrations with other
services, such as email forwarding, website pointing
and URL redirection, and Under Construction pages.
Also, you will frequently find that the more established
registrars charge a little more than newer competitors.
What extra services can I expect when I register
a domain name?
Some registrars offer "name only" services, where
they do nothing more than register the domain name
for you. Others offer a wide variety of other services
(but they may charge a higher registration price to
reflect these additional services). The most common
such services include:-
- email forwarding: email sent to email@example.com is forwarded
to your current email address. This is a very
cheap and easy way of having your own "custom"
- website forwarding : This comes in two flavours:
pointing your website at a given IP address, and
pointing your website at a directory. The latter
is great for anyone hosting a site on an ISP's
site, as you will not need to move the site. The
name will automatically be resolved to point to
the correct directory.
- under construction page : depending on your
personal preference, you may prefer to have www.YOURNEWNAME.com
point at a standard "under construction" page
rather than not point at anything at all.
sample page :
some registrars allow a single free "sample" page
so that visitors to the site www.YOURNEWNAME.com would
see your company name and address and maybe a phone
number or a simple description of the services your
Somebody else has already registered the domain
name I wanted. What can I do?
You can offer to buy the name off its current owner
or look for an alternative domain name. If your company
holds a trademark on the terms in the domain name,
it may be worth seeking legal advice
the possibility of recovering your domain name.
I want to register a domain name in country X.
How can I, and how much will it cost?
The answer to this question would take up more space
than this entire FAQ! Each country has its own rules,
restrictions and pricing levels.
I registered a domain name, but
I made a mistake while registering and registered
the wrong name/changed my mind about registering it
after paying. Can I cancel my registration?
Under the current Domain Name Service Agreement that
all accredited Registrars operate under, all sales
are final. If you want to register a different domain
name, you'll have to pay again.
I'm thinking of registering the ".org" of a well-known
.com domain name. Is that a good idea?
While this tactic may get you some "free" traffic,
it's also a great recipe for a lawsuit. If the .com
domain is trademarked, it's better to steer clear
of trouble. If the .com domain is "generic" (that
is, it is a dictionary word which is not trademarked)
then you're safer. Ultimately, it's your decision.
I want to buy a domain, but I
don't want to move my existing site from its current
location at [long URL]. What can I do?
Make sure that the registrar you buy the domain name
through offers "website forwarding" - i.e. a service
that will automatically redirect visitors from your
new domain name to your existing URL.
I want to "point" more than one
domain name at my site, so that it can be reached
via several different domain names. Is this possible?
Certainly, though there may be an additional fee to
pay to your hosting company. Hosting companies typically
charge a one-off fee of $5 or $10 to set up DNS services
for an additional domain name, though some hosting
companies include multiple domain packages free of
What are the "hidden costs" of domain name ownership?
It's important to remember that a domain name is only
"yours" for as long as you keep paying the renewal
fee. If you keep a domain name for 5 years, you'll
have to pay 5 separate fees (although some registrars
will let you purchase names for several years up front,
sometimes at a substantial discount).
What happens if someone else has
applied for the same domain name as me, and their
application is pending?
Although the information returned by a Whois search
is only updated once or twice a day, domain names
that have been purchased are essentially "locked"
instantly so that they cannot accidentally be sold
to two separate parties. In other words, even if somebody
beat you to a domain name by just 1 second, you're
out of luck - and in a day or so you'll be able to
see their ownership details through the Whois tool.
What should I put in the "Company Name" field of
the registration template if I do not have a company?
Many people make up interesting-sounding company names
to fill this field; however, it is usually better
to simply repeat your full name again there as it
avoids billing and invoicing confusion later.