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Tacoma Web Design and Tacoma Web Hosting: What is a Domain Registration?
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Domain registration is the process by which a company or individual can capture a web site domain, such as www.tacomawebdesign.info. Once you have completed the domain registration process, the domain becomes yours (for as long as you keep paying for it. Before registration expires it must be renewed, or the domain reverts back to being available to the general public).

ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) takes care of the international DNS (Domain Name Server) database. ICANN certifies that all registered names are unique and map properly to an Internet Protocol (IP) address. The IP address is the numerical address of the web site that tells other computers on the Internet where to find the server host and domain. An IP address looks like:

Domain registration is available through a domain registrar. Although the process is not expensive, fees and services vary. The new name gets checked against existing names in the DNS database before a domain registration gets approved.

You must give contact information during the domain registration process. This information is generally publicly available through the WHOIS database and anyone can go to a WHOIS search engine to enter a domain name and see who has registered it. Domain registrars generally require this information to be accurate, although not all follow up on it. If you feel uncomfortable providing personal information, there are some registrars that will act as your proxy, supplying their information in place of your own as the contact for the domain. There may be a small fee for this service and potential drawbacks to balance against the ability to maintain your privacy, so read the Terms and Conditions carefully before deciding to opt for a domain by proxy.

Some registrars will keep control of domain names by default, so be sure you own yours. Make sure you have the option to transfer your domain to another registrar also. Many registrars lock a domain name for a short period after a transfer. Look for the possibility of transfer fees.

It takes a few hours to a few days to to see the domain online when registering a new domain name, or changing hosting.Upon completing the domain registration process,. The domain can be "parked" with an "in construction" page that acts as a placeholder for the web site. Domain parking is very inexpensive, and most registrars offer this service for a little to nothing to give you time to come up with content. Once you are ready to supply content, a web server must host the domain. Some registrars have their own web servers, but you can host your site with any web server you want.

ICANN recommends dealing with only accredited registrars when you are considering domain registration. These registrars have official agreements with ICANN to meet minimal requirements of providing domain registration for your protection. See the ICANN site at www.icann.org for more information about registrars and domain registration.

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