Domain names can be up to 62 characters long and can contain any combination of letters, numbers and hyphens (which are the only symbols allowed to be used in domain names). Although hyphens are commonly used to separate several words in long domain names, most experts advise against doing this because it is said that this can have a detrimental impact on the search engine ranking of the site that is attached to the domain name.
The most valuable domain names do not contain numbers or hyphens, even though it is becoming increasingly popular to use numbers and hyphens in domain names because many of the good names have been used, especially with .com TLDs.
.Com is by far the most popular TLD (top-level domain), or domain extension available on the market today. In fact, the internet has become synonymous with this three letter term. Unfortunately, many people still do not understand its intended meaning. .COM stands for commercial, which means it is intended for commercial use. However, it is important to note that a lot of people use .com for a variety of reasons, and there are no requirements for registering or using a .com domain.
Experts estimate that more than half the internet consists of .com domains, and at the moment the most expensive domain names are .com domains that contain less than five letters. Fortunately, a regular .com domain name only costs about $10 form most registrars.
This is one of the first questions that many new webmasters ask after purchasing their domain. Most of the time the typical reaction is to visit your new domain, only to find a default parked page. To use your domain name you will need a web hosting account, which will give you access to a web server that can be used to manage the content on your domain.
Most of the time your domain name registrar will offer you hosting services during the purchasing process, however it is best to shop around for the best deal and the most reliable company before buying a hosting a plan from your domain registrar. Often, the domain registrar is simply offering hosting services that are being managed by another hosting provider.
In general, the time it takes for changes to your domain to take effect can differ greatly, ranging from one minute, to 72 hours. Most popular hosting providers perform updates on a constant basis, and in many cases if you associate a new domain with your hosting account it should be active within 5 minutes. However, there are instances when people have to wait for longer periods of time, and have even had to contact the hosting provider to force the changes to take effect.
If you are noticing that there is a consistent delay in the changes you make to your hosting account, then you may want to consider changing hosting providers. Do not be afraid to contact your hosting provider and let them know that you are disappointed with the amount of time it is taking for domain changes to take effect in your hosting account.
The answer to this question depends upon the hosting provider you're using, as well as the registrar from which your purchase your domains. Most hosting providers allow you to change the default page that appears when you first purchase a domain within the control panel of your hosting account. This process differs depending on your host, so you may need to contact the support staff for assistance in some cases.
In general, if your hosting plan carries the cPanel control panel then this option should be found rather easily by even novice webmasters. In some cases the domain name registrar will not allow you to change the default parking page. If this is the case then it is strongly recommended that you change registrars and consider using another company for your next domain registration.
Buying expired domain names is one of the best ways to get immediate results in the search engines based on the work of the previous domain owner. Expired domain names are usually sold on auction sites where people list them for various prices. Most often the domain registrar will sell their recently expired domains to a company that specializes in selling these kinds of domains. After the domain has been acquired by the company it is listed on the auction site and people begin to bid on them.
Expired domain names often sell for a bit more than conventional domain names, with some of them selling for thousands of dollars, depending on the value of the name itself. If your domain has recently expired, there is no need to worry about it being sold right away, as most domain registrars provide a grace period before they sell the domain.
Although, most domain TLDs are open for public registration with no pre-requisites required, there are some TLDs that are not. For example, .mil and .gov domains are reserved for military and government entities respectively. Other domains that are not available for public registration are .aero, .coop and .museum.
Many people have the misconception that country code domains can only be registered by individuals or businesses within the specified country, however this is not true. Anyone in the world can register a ccTLD (country-code top-level domain). Ultimately, the domains available for public registration are plentiful, and there are only a few exceptions including the aforementioned TLDs. Overall, the limitations on domain registration are presented only by your budget and your preference.
IANA is the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is a government appointed organization that is in charge of regulating and managing the assignment of IP address. IANA coordinates the IP and AS number spaces and allocates these assignments to regional registries. IANA is the company responsible for approving the creation of new domain TLDs. All IP addresses are also cataloged and issued by IANA to local ISPs (Internet Service Providers).
IANA is not to be confused with ICANN, which is the company responsible for managing the Domain Name System. Many people try to file spam complaints with IANA, however it should be noted that these complaints should be sent to ICANN instead. IANA is an organization, whereas ICANN is an entity assigned by the U.S. government.