WebNameHost--The Big FAQ

This searchable FAQ has a large number of questions and answers on domains, hosting, web sites, eMail and related topics. This material has been collected through many years of web experience. Some are common questions appearing in a similar form on many host sites. Many are unique to this database. Use the Contact Page to advise of corrections, additional questions or answers we have missed.

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Q. Can I register a domain name if I am not ready to sign up for hosting yet?

A. By all means register your domain name as soon as you know what you want, then go off and develop your site using that name. You can set up a hosting account later. Don't pay for services you aren't using.

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Q. Help. I made a spelling mistake and registered the wrong domain name. Can you fix this?

A. Sorry, registration and re-registration fees are non-refundable. If we make a mistake, we have to swallow the cost. If you make it, you do.

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Q. How do I choose a good domain name?

A. Choose a name that reflects the intent and purpose of your web site or business. Try to keep it short and snappy, and say it out loud, as if you were telling someone at a party to visit your web page. Some domain names may look good on paper, but are confusing when you try to send someone to it over the phone. Keep in mind the image that it conjures. Your domain name will be one of the ways people recognize or evaluate their choices of sites for their interests when they are using search engines. When facing a large number of choices, the snappiest domain sometimes grabs the most attention.

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Q. How do I get a domain name?

A. You can find out if the domain name you want is available here buy using a "whois" tool, or simply by attempting to register it. You will be told whether it is taken or not.

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Q. How long does it take to register a domain name?

A. Once an available domain name is chosen and applied for, the confirmation is immediate but it may be 24-72 hours before it is available to your designated servers.

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Q. How will I be able to tell if my desired domain name is already taken?

A. Before registering a domain name you first have to do a "whois" search to see if your requested domain name is available. If the domain search request returns without a match, you will be able to register that domain name.

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Q. I changed my mind about the domain name that I registered. Is it too late to change it?

A. Once you register a domain name, you cannot "un-register" it. If you find that the domain name you chose no longer suits your business or personal needs, you should register another domain name. The domain name you originally registered will continue to be registered to you until the end of the registration period. Registration and re-registration fees are non-refundable.

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Q. I tried to register a domain, and it didn't work. Now the system says it's not available.

A. This may be temporary while the system clears. If the problem persists for a few days, someone else got the domain. Sorry.

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Q. If I buy a domain name with my hosting, do you handle the entire domain registration process?

A. Yes. In that case, once your account is paid we handle the entire domain registration process. You still own the domain, however, and can transfer it elsewhere if you wish. We do charge slightly more for this service, however.

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Q. What does it cost to register a domain name?

A. That depends on the top level domain. If it is one of the common ones like .com or .net, under $10 at one of our domain registration subsidiaries. Country domains like .ca cost more, depending on the country.

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Q. What is a domain name?

A. A domain name tells people (and the computers they use) how to find your homepage on the Internet. Each domain name is assigned to a numerical IP address by your host provider. People remember names better than numbers, so the domain name, e.g.. www.yourname.com, is automatically translated by the registry into the numerical address of the actual server.

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Q. Why do I need to register a domain name?

A. Most Internet providers do offer you a directory on their own domain that would look like this: www.providerdomain.com/~yourname. In addition to having to explain the little squiggle mark (~ which is called a tilde) to your less net savvy customers, this can prove cumbersome on business cards and letterheads, plus it does not reflect the unique nature of your business or homepage. Moreover, it all has to be changed if you switch to another host, which is very awkward and expensive.

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Q. Why do you offer more than one domain registration service?

A. The domain selections available from our registration companies are not the same, and neither are the services. You have to decide whether you want good domain tools (say, for one domain) at a rock bottom price, or high-class tools (for a domain portfolio) for a little more.

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Q. With whom are the domains actually registered? You're not an ICANN registrar are you?

A. We are ETP (top level; best price) resellers for Enom, the fastest growing registrar in the business. They offer the best domain tools and do most of their business through resellers, to whom they offer very good wholesale prices, enabling us to offer domains at excellent retail prices.

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