Domain Names Explained
Domains are translated by DNS (Domain Name Services) to their IP Address like
111.222.333.444 (ipv4) or
As you can see astutium.com is much easier to remember and type than 2001:4bf0:1:0:100:0:10:10 !
Most commonly, domain names are registered to provide an easy way to find a website or for use as an email address.register a domain name you need a domain registrar - there are two types: accredited domain registrars and domain name resellers.
We advise you always register your domain names with an Accredited Domain Registrar like Astutium.com
Before you can register (buy) a domain name, it has to be available - search for yours now ...
- country specific (ccTLD) - such as .co.uk .ie .me .fr .so .gr .cx .com.mx
- global (gTLD) - such as .com .net .org .biz .info .travel .pro .xxx .eu
- new (newGTLD) - such as .bike .photo .sucks .xyz .luxury .horse .africa
- An appropriate extension
Clever domain names (called domain 'hacks') are very popular, where the extension form part of the name like Astuti.UM
Otherwise stick to your local ccTLD (.co.uk for UK compnaies, .ca for canadians etc) and the main gTLDS like .com and .org
If your brand/business/name includes multiple 'words' you should register both the hyphenated and abbreviated versions
So, if your business name was dogwalkers-r-us, then suitable domains could be:
- domain-hack: dogwalkersr.us and dog-walkers-r.us
- country specific: dogwalkersrus.co.uk, dog-walkers-r-us.co.uk, dogwalkers-r-us.co.uk
- generic: dog-walkers-r-us.biz and dogwalkersrus.biz
If registering for a business you should also register a .tel domain which is your online contact page to help your customers find your business quickly and easily.
If registering a domain for personal use, then extensions like .me.uk, .pw, and .name are more 'personal' and more generally available* Note for many domain extensions there are restrictions on registration, for example to buy a .eu domain you need to live in one of the countreis that are part of the European Union, or to buy a .asia domain your business must be registered in the APAC region.
Now you know the details domains and how to register a domain name, get started now and register yours before it's taken....