"Whois" on first?

Written by Bob Osgoodby

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Internet Explorer first searches for a domain name with a dot.com extension. If it finds one, it connects to that site. If it doesn't, it will search for a dot.net extension and finally a dot.org extension.

If you think you have a really neat name, andrepparttar dot.com extension is already taken, butrepparttar 108337 dot.net is available, it may not be a good deal. People are conditioned to enter a name followed by ".com" and if you haverepparttar 108338 dot.net or dot.org extension, you just may be sending your clients to a competitors site.

We recently tried to reserve a web site and checked under several names, but allrepparttar 108339 dot.com names, that we initially thought of, were all taken. Rather than settling for a dot.net or dot.org extension, we continued to search until we found one with a dot.com that was appropriate for our business.

Remember - when you do a "Whois" search,repparttar 108340 dot.com name is on first.

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Choosing A Domain Registrar

Written by Dan Grossman

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For example, Register.com offers site building tools, a domain redirection services and email services for free withrepparttar registration of a domain. If these services are useful to you, they may make up forrepparttar 108336 $35 registration fee.

If you don't need any services, then Register.com may not berepparttar 108337 registrar of choice for you, as there are many other good registrars that charge much less than $35 for a single domain.


Another important factor to consider when choosing a registrar is their method of domain management. In other words, once you have registeredrepparttar 108338 domain, how do you managerepparttar 108339 information associated with it? You may want to change contact information or nameservers inrepparttar 108340 future.

Most registrars offer a control panel type interface for managing your domains. This allows you to simply log in onrepparttar 108341 web and changerepparttar 108342 information you want changed.

Others, however, have much more complicated systems. Network Solutions was known for its inefficient and complicated system of making simple changes. If, for example, you switched to a new e-mail address, you might have had to fax in multiple forms of identification in order to change simple information related to your domain.


When you need to know how to do something or you're having a problem with your domain, customer support is important. Smaller sites reselling domain registration may not be able to providerepparttar 108343 same level of support one ofrepparttar 108344 main registrars could. Check outrepparttar 108345 site's help section for its depth and check how easy it is to find an email address or form to fill out for help.

Consider these factors when choosing where to register your domain name to come up withrepparttar 108346 registrar offeringrepparttar 108347 perfect combination of price, service, management and support for you.

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