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Domain Name FAQ

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General Questions

- What exactly is a domain name and why do I need one?
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What's in a name?
- Does Spunkyworld register domains other than *.com, *.net or *.org?
- What are the rules for the registration of .com, .net and .org names?
- Are .com, .net, and .org domain names available for registrations globally?
- Where can I check if my domain name is still available?
- How much does it cost to register a domain name like *.com, *.net or *.org?
- How can I get a domain name ending in .com, .net or .org?
- Who is paying the domain name fee?
- When do I have to pay for my domain name?
- How much does it cost to register a foreign domain name?
- Who is registering my domain name?
- Will domain names registered through Spunkyworld work everywhere?
- Do you handle Foreign Domain Name Registrations?
- What additional info do you need for hosting my foreign domain name?
- Who should the domain name be registered to?
- Will my name and contact information be publicly available?

 


Q: What exactly is a domain name and why do I need one?

A: A domain name is your very unique Internet address. It provides you with an identity on the Internet. It helps you to find and to be found. When a server is searching for something on the World Wide Web, it looks for a string of digits known as an IP network address, (e.g. 156.130.43.30). A domain name is the text translation of this IP address, which is easier to remember than a string of digits.
Registering a suitable domain name on the Internet is the equivalent of registering a company name.
Once you have purchased your domain name (i.e. www.jeff.com) it is taken forever. Nobody can register your domain name for a second time.
You gain a lot of respect from your visitors, and your business looks much more serious as an Internet address like www.anythingelse.com/section/catalog/area/user/jeff/index.htm.
www.jeff.com is also easy to remember, no one will remember the other address mentioned above. Right?

Did you know, that currently +50,000 domain names are registered every week around the globe?

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Q: What's in a name?

A: A domain name takes the form of a company name or associated brand name, succeeded by a recognized Internet suffix. For example, company ABC Inc. might register the name abc.com. The .com is a domain name suffix. There are well over 400 of these suffixes. Domain suffixes often reveal the organization's location, and its status.

For example, UK Domains include .co.uk, .org.uk, .net.uk, .ltd.uk, and .plc. uk. These are all registered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Other country code domains:
Each country has its own country code domain, e.g., .fr for France, .ru for Russia, or .dk for Denmark. Procedures for registering domain names differ considerably around the world. Some countries allow anyone to register a domain name whether or not they have a presence there. (These are often known as 'high-risk' countries). In others, a local presence is required, although one person or organization can register any number of domain names. Elsewhere, not only is a local presence required, but only one name can be registered, which has to be the same name as the registering company.

Generic domains:
Generic domains are available for anybody to register on a first-come, first-serve basis. Generic domains are not associated with any one country, and consequently are also known as 'International' domains. The suffix '.com' is universally recognized. It is the domain of choice for US Corporations. It is also popular with companies that have a global presence or distribution network. Other generic domains include .net, and .org. This list will probably be added to in the near future.

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Q: Does Spunkyworld register domains other than *.com, *.net or *.org?

A: Yes, we can register many other domains than *.com, *.net or *.org. Please check our domain name registration site here. We are working to add more domains in the near future!

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Q: What are the rules for the registration of .com, .net and .org names?

A: Rules for .com, .net and .org Domain Name registrations:

.com - to be used for commercial and personal sites
.org - recommended for non-profit organizations
.net - recommended for companies involved in data networking especially related to the Internet

Use only letters, numbers, or dash ("-")
Cannot begin or end with a dash
Must have at least 3 characters, but cannot have more than 67*, (including .com, .net and .org)
Domain Names are not case sensitive
Domain Names cannot include spaces

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Q: Are .com, .net, and .org domain names available for registrations globally?

A: Yes. The .com, .net, and .org domains are available for registration by Internet users across the globe. ICANN accredited domain name registrars located in various countries around the world.

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Q: Where can I check if my domain name is still available?

A: You can check up to 160 different domain name extensions with our Domain Name Lookup Tool.

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Q: How much does it cost to register a domain name like *.com, *.net or *.org?

A: Domain names registered with Spunkyworld.com costs $19.99 USD per year. Register here.

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Q: How can I get a domain name ending in .com, .net or .org?

A: Domain names ending with .com, .net or .org can be registered through many different companies known as "Registrars". Currently you can register your domain name here.

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Q: Who is paying the domain name fee?

A: The fee must be paid by the registrant, the domain name owner. Since it's your property, you have to pay for it.
If you drive a car, you have to own that car, thus have to pay for it (usually :-). The same with a domain name.

If you decide to change web hosts, you can take that name with you (because it's your property).
If the domain name has been registered to an ISP, you don't have control over that name. So, be careful when you register your domain name.

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Q: When do I have to pay for my domain name?

A: Before your domain name becomes active, you must provide a credit card number or any other form of payment. This requirement enhances the availability of domain names by preventing them from being tied up by individuals not intending to pay for registration.

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Q: How much does it cost to register a foreign domain name?

A: The fees vary from country to country. They range from $60-$300. You have to research the exactly fee for yourself, if you want to have a specific top level domain. You can use our links to Domain registries around the world.

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Q: Who is registering my domain name?

A: You. The best way is to register through our website here. You will need a credit card to proceed.

If you need a national or local domain name like *.nl, *.br, *.mx which we can't register this time, you may check with the appropriate registry in your country. We provide some info for Domain Name Registries around the world.

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Q: Will domain names registered through Spunkyworld work everywhere?

A: Yes, of course! The domains registered through Spunkyworld participate in the legitimate DNS root, and will work everywhere.

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Q: Do you handle Foreign Domain Name Registrations?

A: We can house any valid domain name extension. We register many foreign domain names through our domain name registration site.
If you are interested in foreign domain name registrations we currently can't register, we provide you with useful resources to help link you to most registration services around the world.

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Q: What additional info do you need for hosting my foreign domain name?

A: Nothing special, but the domain name with the top level domain like yourname.be!

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Q: Who should the domain name be registered to?

A: You should always be the domain name owner, the administrative and billing contact.
And we as the ISP are only the technical contact.

It is important to do so, because since you are the administrative contact of your domain name, you can update or move your domain name anytime if you have any reason. You have full control over your domain name.

Beware of an ISP which is registering themselves as the domain name owner or administrative contact.
Some domain names were sold for several thousands of dollars in the past. Now imagine, if your domain is getting very successful and you are not the domain name owner...

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Q: Will my name and contact information be publicly available?

A: Yes. Information about who is responsible for domain names is publicly available to allow rapid resolution of technical problems and to permit enforcement of consumer protection, trademark, and other laws. The registrar will make this information available to the public on a "Whois" site.

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