A domain name is the unique name that you choose for your web site. Web sites in the World Wide Web have unique names and are identified by the domain names that correspond with numeric IP address.
By the following example we will illustrate the difference between URL and domain name:
Domain name: www.something.com
Registered domain name: something.com
A complete domain name consisting of a host, the second-level domain, and the top-level domain is called FQDN (fully qualified domain name). For example, www.eskhosting.com is a FQDN, where www is the host; eskhosting is the second-level domain; and .com is the top level domain.
A top-level domain (TLD) is the last part of an Internet domain name; that is, the letters which follow the final dot of any domain name. For example, in the domain name www.website.com, the top-level domain is com (or COM, as domain names are not case-sensitive).
There are several types of domain names:
- gTLD (generic top level domains) such as com, net, org, name and others
- ccTLD (country code top-level domains) also called as regional domain names, for example: fr, it, de, eu, nl, be, ru and others.
The company that is registering the domain names is called the registrar, the person who registers domain name is called the registrant.
When you register a domain name it is recommended that you pay attention to the actual registrant of your domain name as some companies register domains in their names.
Eskhosting is a company that has a high standard of web hosting and domain name registration practices. We register domain names only on behalf of our customers, so you, as the customer, are the actual registrant of your domain name and it is registered in your name only.
The domain name is always registered for a definite period, and it is called the domain name registration period. The minimum registration period for most domain names is one year.
Though for some domains (for example .uk, .mobi, .us) the minimum registration period is 2 years.
The date when the domain name was registered is called the registration date
Depending on the registration period, the domain name will have an expiration date.
Example: the domain name was registered on 1st of April 2006
It was registered for 1 year.
Thus, the domain name expiration date will be the 1st of April 2007.
It is always recommended that customers keep in mind their domain name expiration date and renew the domain before it expires in order to prevent any sort of downtime.
The information about the registrant of the domain name and its registration period are normally displayed in the Whois database. By using the Whois database you can determine whether the domain name is available for a new registration or is it already
registered/taken, the registrant (owner) of the domain name can be determined, as well as the domain name registration and expiration dates, and the IP address assigned to the particular domain name.
Eskhosting provides domain name registration services with Whois privacy service available and you can use it if you'd like to keep your domain name contacts out of public view. You can register with us the most popular and widely used gTLD domains: such as com, net, org, net, biz, info, mobi, name domains and a wide range of regional ccTLD domains: fr, it, eu, de, nl, be, tv, us, ca, uk, ru, su domains and many others. All domains are registered in your name and you are the only owner of the domain name for chosen period of the domain name registration. Transfer of domain name registration is also possible!