The field of internet computing comprises intricate technical jargons which the ordinary end user may be completely unfamiliar with. It is therefore imperative that all persons familiarize themselves with as many of these intricate technical jargons as possible in order to fully leverage the benefits that the technology has to offer.The object and intents of the discussions that follow are to shed more light on one of those technical jargons, namely domain name registration, by answering some of the pertinent questions surrounding it.
WHAT IS DOMAIN NAME?
Domain name is a unique identification string that demarcates a sphere of administrative autonomy within the internet. It is formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS) and is used in various networking contexts and in application-specific naming and addressing purposes.It represents an Internet Protocol (IP) resource such as personal computer, server, computer hosting website, the web itself, or any service that is communicated over the internet.
WHAT IS DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION?
It is the process of officially inputting the domain name of a computing device into a special server called the domain name system (DNS). This entails assigning a unique and easy to remember It is the process of officially inputting the domain name of a computing device into a special server called the domain name system (DNS). This entails assigning a unique and easy to remember name to an Internet Protocol resource in the Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) in order to identify specific web pages.
WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION?
Domain registration requires the utilization of the services of a domain name registrar, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or national country code top-level domain (ccTLD) accredited company that has the authority to register domain names. Registrars help individuals and organizations register domain names that have extensions like .biz, .com, .info, .mobi, .name, .net, .org, .pro, .tv, and .us, among others.
HOW IS A DOMAIN NAME REGISTERED?
Two options available through which domain names may be registered. The first method entails the use of a web hosting service while the second one bypasses this requirement. They are explained below:
METHOD I: With a hosting service
Step I: Ascertain whether to store your files in a personal computer/server or a remote host computer.
Step II: Select the most suitable web hosting service
Step III: Check whether your preferred domain name is available or has already been taken by use of the availability checker.
Step IV: Select other services which the web hosting company may provide besides domain name registration.
Step V: Perform the necessary paperwork by filling the various application forms.
Step VI: Pay the necessary fees
Step VII: Upload your files online and start using the other services
METHOD II: Without a Hosting Service
Step I: Check with your internet service provider whether they allow their subscribers to host their sites on their personal servers.
Step II: Select the preferred registrar i.e. the company or site that will undertake the registration process.
Step III: Acquire a server (in case you don’t have one already)
Step IV: Obtain a static internet protocol address
Step V: Acquire appropriate software to run your server. The most notable one is the Apache software.
Step VI: Configure the router and the firewall
Step VII: Route the domain traffic to your computer
WHY MUST DOMAIN NAMES BE REGISTERED?
It is absolutely necessary to register domain names due to the need to build credibility on the world wide web, improve promotion chances, and induce a feeling of professionalism.
The field of internet computing is pretty wide. It is therefore strongly advised that all may familiarize themselves with the other aspects of the field in order to obtain as complete a picture as possible.