Checking Domain Name availability
Having decided on a domain name we now need to check its availability before we can register it. All registrars that can register a .name domain name also have a facility for checking its availablity. So to check availablity of your domain name go to either any of .name registrars a complete list is available here: http://www.gnr.name/registrarlist.html
Before you Purchase
If you check on one or two of registrars above you will notice that there can be a great variance in price. The most logical choice is to choose cheapest. Before you choose you should be aware that on its own a domain name is not of much use so please read on.
Domain names-Email Addresses and Websites.
A domain name is an address. A domain name is not a mailbox or a website! Once you've purchased a domain name you need to link it to a website and/or mailbox. So when purchasing a domain name from a registrar you need to find out if it includes any of following in price or are they extra. a) website and/or email forwarding b) website hosting c) pop3 mailboxes and/or webmail.
To access email sent to your email address you will either need to forward that email to an existing address or have it sent directly to a mailbox. This was discussed in part 1 available at my websites see below.
This is same technique as is used in standard mail forwarding when you move house. Letters addressed to your old address are forwarded on to your new address. The main difference is that with normal mail forwarding is usually temporary (i.e. 3-6 months), whereas in email you could do it for as long as you want. So as an example my new lifetime email address is email@example.com and I have an existing hotmail account of firstname.lastname@example.org. I arrange that any email sent to email@example.com is forwarded on to firstname.lastname@example.org
Email is stored on a email server in mailboxes. The mailbox is in effect physical storage equivalent to a physical mailbox for letters. The mailbox is in turn linked to an email address or addresses. It is very common to have email from multiple email addresses forwarded to a single mailbox for storage and access. The address is not mailbox and mailbox is not address, they are different. To read email in your mailbox you need to access mailbox using appropriate email software
Almost all email on internet is currently retrieved using POP3 Protocol using an email client like Outlook Express, Incredimail, Eudora. Because POP3 is most common method of retrieving email you often see term POP3 mailbox being used. With POP3 email is usually moved from server and placed on client machine.