Here are top ten most frequently asked questions regarding on Internet domain name registration:
Q1. Which characters are allowed in Internet domain names?
A: For normal ASCII domain names, letters a-z, numbers 0-9, and one special character, hyphen or dash "-". Note that domains cannot start or end with a hyphen. For new tested IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names), full range of Unicode characters are available. This allows nearly all of languages on planet to be represented within domain names, including Thai, Arabic, Lao, Hebrew, French, German etc.
Q2. How many characters can a Internet domain name have?
A: Generic domains (gTLDs) can have 63 characters in second level, plus top level domain, .com, .net etc.
Q3. How long can I register a Internet domain name for?
A: In most cases, you are allowed to register a Internet domain name for period of one to ten years. Longer periods are not currently allowed by registry.
Q4. How long do Internet domain registrations take to make & process?
A: Typically ten minutes or so. Once you have chosen name and paid fee, most registration systems will register your name in near real-time.
Q5. Do I "own" a domain name I register?
A: Not really, it is more like a rental agreement. But importantly, you have exclusive right to renew agreement with registry at end of initial registration period, so effectively you can keep name as long as you want.
Q6. Why does my Internet domain name still show as unregistered in a WHOIS tool?