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DOMAIN NAMES

 What is covered in this document?

What Is A Domain Name?
What does '.com' or '.net.au' (etc.), really mean?
Why is it a Registration, not a Purchase?
When does a domain name get 'Transferred', and why?
How much do domain names cost?
I can't find an answer to my question.


 What Is A Domain Name?

When you want to travel to a place on the internet, it helps to know the address of that place, or at least the address of a directory where you can look its address up at. This address or at least part of it, is what is referred to as a domain name.

Like a block of units, a domain name is the street name and the plot number of which the block of units are standing on.

Once you own a domain name, you can set up further directories and name them however you choose (in the case of units, you might number them or letter them, so that post to the individual units doesn't get mixed up).

Domain names are made up of the English alphabet and may include numbers and the hyphen/minus symbol ([a-z], [0-9] and/or [-]). Spaces and other characters (eg., [#] or [] etc.) are not allowed in domain names for the time being and most countries restrict the length of domain names to sixty three characters in length.

Let's break up a standard address, and see what it all means:

http://www.enterdomain.com/login/index.html

http://This stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol and tells your browser (Internet Explorer, or Netscape Navigator, etc.) that you are viewing the internet in the standard way. Any forward slash '/' is merely a divider to break the address up so that your browser can read it properly.

www.This is a Sub Domain Name. www is very popular to use (just like numbers on units are popular) and it stands for World Wide Web. It is not necessary to type in 'www' in front of a domain name in most cases, however, sometimes not typing 'www', will lead you to an alternate web page.

enterdomain.comThis is the actual domain name (like the street name). Once this is registered, you can not change it, without registering another domain name.

/loginThis is simply a directory that has been created by the owner of the domain name, and it can be named anything at all and changed at any time, without too much trouble.

/index.htmlThe actual file name of the web page that you are viewing. This may vary as you view different pages, in the same directory.

In short, a domain name, is the very base level of an internet address, that you can register to have allocated to you or your business. It allows people to send electronic messages to you, and view a home page or shop front if you desire to display one.

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 What does '.com' or '.net.au' (etc.), really mean?

There are three major domain name 'suffixes' available to the general public.

These suffixes are in fact abbreviations as follows:

.com or .coCommercial Entity, or Common Entity
.netNetwork related Entity
.orgOrganization of Not For Profit Nature

Each different suffix, indicates an entirely different domain name, which allows for one name, to be used across several different industries. For example,

yourname.com, may lead to a commercial web site, selling goods or services. At the same time,
yourname.org, could lead you to a not for profit organization, completely unrelated to yourname.com and owned by a completely separate entity.

The above suffixes are sometimes referred to as TLD's (or Top Level Domains). TLD's do not at this time have any restrictions of registration placed upon them, which means that anyone in any country can register them as long as they are available. It is due to this fact, that TLD's are often considered to be the 'International Domain Names'.

As the internet has expanded from America to include the rest of the world, it has become feasible to allow a name to exist in more than one country, at the same time, with different ownership. To allow for this, a 'Country Code' is added to the end of the domain name, as follows:

.auFor Australia
.ukFor the United Kingdom
.seFor Sweden
.noFor Norway

...and so on. A full list of these codes, can be obtained from UNINETT.

With the addition of country codes, the authority of the management is also usually delegated to the country who owns the code, which is why prices and restrictions of registrations will vary from country to country.

The Country Code suffixes are sometimes referred to as ccTLD's (or Country Code Top Level Domains). Some countries (for example, Australia or New Zealand), will combine the suffixes to display as follows:

yourname.com.au
yourname.net.au
yourname.co.nz

Other countries, (for example, Sweden or Norway), have chosen to use only their country code, as follows:

yourname.se
yourname.no

Some countries require you to own a business in their country to register a domain name and may restrict the words that you can use as a domain name under their country code. Please be sure to check if your search on our site shows up with a link, "Restrictions Apply". You can learn the restrictions by simply clicking on this link, as a separate window will pop up with any relevant information.

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 Why is it a Registration, not a Purchase?

Like telephone numbers, domain names may not spend their entire lives with the same person or business. For this reason, all domain names are held in a register which is often administered by the country who has authority over the ccTLD of the domain name (for Australian names, the authority is AUDA or the Australian Domain Authority).

Registrations are made for a minimum of one or two years (depending on the domain authority who administers the ccTLD) and will lapse if not re-registered, to allow for people to claim domain names that are not being looked after or are no longer wanted by their original owners.

In this light, it could be said that it is only possible to rent a domain name, or connect it, as you would connect your telephone service.

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 When does a domain name get 'Transferred', and why?

At the time when a domain name is registered to a person, it will usually get associated to computer servers that are owned by the person or business who administered the registration. It may not always be favourable to continue using the services of the person or business who registered your domain name, due to costs or reliability of service etc.

Should this be the case, you may wish to have your domain name transferred to another service provider's servers. To complete this transfer you may need any of the original documents or emails that were passed onto you at the time you registered your domain name. If you are not in possession of this initial information, you can usually obtain it from your current service provider.

If you are having any trouble obtaining such information, please contact us, as we may be able to get in touch with various governing bodies in order to obtain necessary information for you.

enterDomain does not charge you, if you wish to move your name to another service provider, however, if you wish to move your domain name into our services, we require that you add another increment (one year or two depending on the suffix) of registration. The prices for this service varies and is included on the price list, below.

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 How much do domain names cost?
Prices include GST.biz/.com/.net/.org/.info.com.au or .net.au.uk or .nz
Registration $44 - 1 Year $99 - 2 Years $66 - 1 Year
Transfer In $44 - (add one year) $99 - (add two years) $66 - (add one year)
Transfer Out $0 $0 $0
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 I can't find an answer to my question.

If you can not find an answer to your query in our texts, please contact us, and a customer service officer will assist you to the best of their ability. Rest assured, no question is too small or too big for our team!

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