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Getting Started ~ Registering Your Domain Name

Registering Your Domain Name A domain name is a name which you select that people will use to find you on the internet, such as “angelsaffordablewebdesign.com”. You can search for the availability of the domain name you have in mind, and if it is not available, you will be offered available alternatives, or you can try another domain name.

Cost to Register a Domain Name

Domain names can be registered for $11.99 per year at GoDaddy.com. There is really no need to pay $35.00 per year for a domain name registration.

Technically Speaking

The Domain Name System (DNS) associates various sorts of information with so-called domain names; most importantly, it serves as the “phone book” for the Internet: it translates human-readable computer hostnames, e.g. angelsaffordablewebdesign.com, into the IP addresses that networking equipment needs for delivering information. It also stores other information such as the list of mail exchange servers that accept e-mail for a given domain. In providing a worldwide keyword-based redirection service, DNS is an essential component of contemporary Internet use.

The most basic use of DNS is to translate hostnames to IP addresses. It is in very simple terms like a phone book. For example, if you want to know the internet address of angelsaffordablewebdesign.com, DNS can be used to tell you it’s 66.225.201.223. DNS also has other important uses.

Pre-eminently, the DNS makes it possible to assign Internet destinations to the human organization or concern they represent, independently of the physical routing hierarchy represented by the numerical IP address. Because of this, hyperlinks and Internet contact information can remain the same, whatever the current IP routing arrangements may be, and can take a human-readable form (such as “angelsaffordablewebdesign.com”) which is rather easier to remember than an IP address (such as 66.225.201.223). People take advantage of this when they recite meaningful URLs and e-mail addresses without caring how the machine will actually locate them.