What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is a unique name for a web site, like google.com. When domain names are registered, they are added to a large domain name register. A DNS (Domain Name System) server stores the information about the web site, including the IP address. A DNS server is responsible for informing all other computers on the Internet about the domain name and the web site address.
Registering a Domain
Variety of Top Web Hosting companies offers different range of domain name extension including an interface to search for available domain names. Some of popular extensions are .com .net .org .biz .info .us .nu .ws .cc and .tv domains. Newer domain extensions such as .biz .info and .us have more choices available as many of the popular domains have yet to be taken.
Expired domains are also the source for getting domain names. After registering a domain name, you are free to use it as long as you continue to pay the yearly fee (you can now register in advance as many as 10 years). Some people register domains as speculators, hoping that they can later sell them, while others may have planned to use a domain and never had the time. The result is that domains that were previously registered become available again.
Use Your Domain Name
After you have chosen and registered your own domain name, make sure you use it on all your web pages, and on all your correspondence, like e-mail and traditional mail. It is important to let other people be aware of your domain name.