As discussed in a previous article best way of having a lifetime email address is to register your own domain name. Here we are going to look in more detail at domain names and how to choose one.
A domain name is in effect an address. It can be address of a web site and can also address of a mailbox. The email address has general form firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox= name of mailbox e.g billg, billc domain2= 2nd level domain IBM, Microsoft, Dell domain1= tld e.g com, mil, gov When it comes to choosing a domain name then you are limited in choice for Top level domain (domain1) as they are pre-assigned by Internet authorities. However you have complete choice over second level (domain2) or third level domains; only restriction is that no one else has already chosen it.
Choosing a Domain Name Choosing a TLD
The first step is choosing a tld (top level domain). A complete list of available Tlds is given at http://www.techdictionary.com/domainlist.html, but most common ones are .com,. org, .net, .info and .country (i.e. uk, de etc) The Internet authorities have already pre-assigned a domain name for use by individuals -- .name. Here we are going to concentrate on using .name tld. However, just because .name tld is specially meant for individuals it doesn't mean that an individual cannot use any of other Tlds.
Choosing a second level domain name Ok. Top level tld chosen = .name. The next step is to choose second level. The .name tld was previously (pre January 2004) only available as a third level domain. That is, you couldn't register cope.name but had to register steve.cope.name. Since January 2004 you can register either. You may find that some registrars still only allow third level registrations.