An internet domain is an intellectual property. An example of an internet domain is ebwebwork.com. The internet domain ebwebwork.com is the identity behind the web site www.ebwebwork.com and various email addresses @ebwebwork.com.
There is a difference between an internet domain and a web site. The domain ebwebwork.com and the web site www.ebwebwork.com are different.
How are they different?
The domain ebwebwork.com is an intellectual property that is registered with the domain registrar hostmysite.com.
The web site www.ebwebwork.com is a collection of files and data on an internet server that are associated with the domain ebwebwork.com.
- Domain ebwebwork.com: abstract intellectual property.
- Web site www.ebwebwork.com: data (text and images and database records), stored on and served from a web site server, associated with the domain ebwebwork.com.
Why is an internet domain useful?
An internet domain allows web users to access a web site by a common name like yahoo.com or microsoft.com, rather than by the IP address of the internet server that hosts the web site. An internet domain also allows a server administrator to create email addresses such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I register an internet domain?
Before you can use an internet domain, you must register it with a domain name registrar.
Internet domain registration is a big business. Many domain registrars compete to get you to register your domain name with them. Popular registrars include networksolutions.com, godaddy.com, dotster.com, register.com, and many others.
Internet domains are often registered in bulk by entrepreneurs, and then are resold to high bidders. Foresightful entrepreneurs can predict marketable domain names and make a lot of money by reserving and selling them. This practice of domain squatting is soundly capitalistic and morally dubious.
Choose a registrar that charges a flat, simple yearly fee for domain registration. Watch out for upselling of products or additional domains that you don’t need. Do you really need .net, .com, and .org versions of your internet domain? In most cases, you don’t. Do not let an unctuous or invidious marketer tell you otherwise.
You have options with domain name hosting. You can always move your domain names to a new registrar, if you do not like your current registrar. You should be careful of first-year deals that offer domains for $1.99; these deals can come with fine print that locks you in to a much higher rate in years to follow.
I encourage people to not do business with large, corporate, automated domain name registrars, but to deal with small, earth friendly internet businesses and to develop a working relationship with a reliable, established consultant.
When you register an internet domain it becomes your property so long as your registration is valid and kept up to date. Your registrar will issue login credentials (username and password) to you, so that you can log in to your account at the registrar and manage your domain names. You should always keep this registrar login information in your business files, and secret.
Don’t let your domain registration lapse, or you risk losing your domain name.
This is a very basic discussion of the complex topic of internet domains.