'Stop Me Before I Domain Again'

Written by Donna Schwartz Mills

They appear to be average American women. They meet in parenting chat rooms and discussion lists to exchange photos of their kids, cheer on each other's pregnancies and ccasionally complain about their husbands' snoring. They swap recipes and advice on schools and diets. They seem normal in every way.

But these women share an obsession - a dark secret that their offline friends may not understand.

'Stop me before I domain again,' jokes Nita Jackson of OrganizeTips.com < http://www.organizetips.com >.

These all-American women are also webmasters; entrepreneurs who feel a rose by any other name should get registered before someone else snaps it up.

'Every word or name that you hear, you wonder if it is taken as a dot.com or dot.net,' says Wendy Shepherd of ComputerMommy.com < http://www.computermommy.com >. 'I dream about new domains at night, and am always looking at something and wondering if it is a domain name yet.'

According to NetNames, there are over 22 million dot-com names registered aroundrepparttar world with ICANN estimating that 21,000 new domains (of all kinds) registered weekly. If you've ever had a problem gettingrepparttar 108323 name of your choice, this is a factor.

'Our company owns about 150 domains right now,' says Nancy Price of Myria Media < http://myriamedia.com >. 'To one degree or another, about 30 are in use right now. The others are saved for future development, to protect our trademarks and/or intellectual property (such as, variations ofrepparttar 108324 names of our main sites) and also some generic terms.'

Like Price, most ofrepparttar 108325 women buy names for their business use. Surprisingly few of them collect domains withrepparttar 108326 idea of selling them later.

'The second I bought my first domain, I fell in love. Ever since, I change projects about twice a year,' says Amy Fleeman of ColumbusMoms.com < http://www.columbusmoms.com >. Amy has made a little bit of money selling domains she owns, but is picky about who she sells to. 'I tend to sell cheaper than I should because I want them to go to 'good homes,' (ie other webmasters I know do good work vs some stranger on eBay).'

Inexpensive Places to Register Domain Names

Written by Merle

About a year ago if you wanted to register a domain name there was only one place to go: "Network Solutions". For $70.00 (forrepparttar first two years) you could register a name of your very own.

Today that's no longerrepparttar 108322 case. Now thatrepparttar 108323 Internic no longer hasrepparttar 108324 stranglehold on domain registration, there are a variety of websites that will register a domain for you with varying prices.

One word of advice: Don't pay $70.00, but don't go withrepparttar 108325 cheapest you can find, either. The old adage, "you get what you pay for," rings very true here. I have been using Registrars, which charges $60.00 for 2 years. Although I have seen registration advertised for less, I likerepparttar 108326 nice password protection control panel that Registrars gives you. This control panel makes it easy for you to go in and alterrepparttar 108327 IP addresses anytime you wish in case you switch web hosts. For more on Registrars go to their site at http://www.merlesworld.com k.cgi?registrars

Make sure that you readrepparttar 108328 fine print before committing to some ofrepparttar 108329 less expensive services. I have heard stories of companies that lock you into hosting on their servers forrepparttar 108330 first one or two years, or some other unusual demand. While I haven't confirmed any of these tales, it always pays to be careful.

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