The Domain Name GameWritten by Jason Shpik
The Domain Name Game
The Widgets Corporation decides to start a Web site and naturally wants to name it Widgets.Com. But much to consternation of its management, it discovers there already is a Widgets.com. Someone else has registered "domain name" and Widgets is stuck. It happens every day as battle for best domain names grows. But what in fact is a domain name and what are issues surrounding their use? Domain names are simply addresses of Internet. Without domain name, a computer would have no idea where to look for a Web page, and e-mail routers would not be able to send e-mail. Domain names are divided into hierarchies. The top-level of hierarchy appears after last dot in domain name. In "microsoft.com", top level domain name is .com. The .com name is most common top-level domain name, and is used to indicate that domain name is owned by a commercial enterprise. The disputes that arise over domain names involve "second level" domain names directly to left of top-level domain name. For instance, in address "www.microsoft.com," second-level domain name is "Microsoft." Two identical second-level domain names cannot coexist under same top-level domain. For example, even though both Delta Faucet Company and Delta Airlines would like "delta.com" domain name, only one Delta company can have delta.com. Unfortunately for both Delta Faucet Company and Delta Airlines, that Delta company is Delta Financial of Woodbury, New York. Instead of using delta.com, Delta Airlines uses deltaairlines.com, while Delta Faucet Company uses deltafaucet.com. In order to register a second-level domain name under a top-level domain, a request must be made to organization that has power to assign names for that top-level domain. Prior to December 1999, a company called Network Solutions Inc. ("NSI") was almost solely responsible for registration of second level domain names for most popular top-level domains, including .com, .net and .org. As of December 1999, ability to register.com, .net and .org domain names was spread out among many registrars. These registrars are accredited by The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (or "ICANN"), a non-profit corporation formed specifically to control Internet domain name management and similar functions.
How To Host Several Websites Under One AccountWritten by Mario Sanchez
How To Host Several Websites Under One Account
by: Mario Sanchez
If you operate several websites, each with its own domain name, signing up of separate ...hosting accounts can be an expensive proposition. Even if your hosting company offers add-on domain feature (which will allow you to add different domains to same hosting account) you will be charged a monthly fee for each domain you add, sometimes costing almost same as your full hosting fee.
The solution is to open a reseller account. Reseller accounts were created to allow web designers to offer hosting services to their customers, to create a one-stop-shop for all their web design and hosting needs. However, you don't need to be a reseller to buy a reseller hosting plan.
Reseller accounts are usually slightly more expensive than regular hosting accounts, but they will allow you to host different domain names without incurring in add-on domain fees, making more efficient use of your space and bandwidth.
You want to choose a reseller account that offers:
no limit to number of domains you can add. possibility of hosting your main website free, without using any of space and bandwidth in your hosting plan. If you are a reseller, your main website will be your business website, and space and bandwidth will be reserved for your customers. If you are not a reseller and just want to manage different websites, you can designate one of your domains as your main website (usually largest and/or most popular, since you won't accrue any space or bandwidth for it).