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The Complete Guide to Domain Names

 What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is simply your address on the internet. Humans are better at remembering names than numbers (which computers prefer), so a domain name is just a way to identify a website. When you type it in the internet can see where the files of your website are hosted so it points visitors to that location.

 

Do I need a Domain Name?

Without a domain name people would have trouble finding your website & you would not be able to send or receive emails from your preferred name. Of course there are lots of free services out there, but a domain name gives you a level of professionalism that a free service cannot.

Who Can Register a Domain Name?

Anyone can! As long as you are not infringing somebody else’s copyright then domains are issued on a first come, first served basis. 
Register a domain name in a few minutes.

 

Do I Own My Domain Name?

Yes. When you register a domain name it is registered in your name or your company name, whichever you specify on the registration. Of course, you may need to change this from time to time, but this can be done via the Wanna Hosting Domain Name Management Control Panel.

 

What is A Registry?

Domain names are issued by organizations called Registries. There are different registries for different domain names. Some examples are Nominet in the UK & they administer all .co.uk, .org.uk, & .uk domain names amongst others. In the United States, ICANN is the Registry for domains such as .com. The registries determine the rules for their domain names such as period of registration. They will also arbitrate in disputes. The registries do not sell direct to the public. Rather they sell via intermediaries such as Wanna Hosting.

 

What Type of Domain Name Should I Register?

This comes down to personal preference but in general if you are a business you should try to at least register a .com & .co.uk domain name. If you are an organisation such as a charity or a not for profit organization you may want to consider a .org or a .org.uk domain name. For individuals, you could maybe go for a .me or .me.uk domain name. It all comes down to personal preference however.

 

How Long Can I Register a Domain Name for?

Generally with the most popular domain names, you can register a domain for up to 10 years with Wanna Hosting. The longer you register it for, the cheaper it becomes.

 

What Happens When My Domain Name Is Due For Renewal?

When your domain name is close to its renewal date you will be sent several reminders to renew the domain name. All you need to do is to login to your domain name management area & renew your domain for as long as you like. You can even set it to auto renew for extra peace of mind.

 

What Happens If I Forget To Renew my Domain Name?

If your domain name passes it’s expiry date you still get the opportunity to renew it. Each Registry has different rules, but in general, as long as your renew it within 30 days of it’s expiry date you will be able to renew it without paying any penalties.