Registering a domain name takes about 10 minutes depending on how long it
takes you to type your contact information and registration details.
Once you have completed this process your domain name is secured and no one
else could register the same domain, even if they tried a second after you
finished. The domain would then be available for you to use on the
internet within 72 hours.
[Q] How much does it cost to register a domain?
At one point there was only 1 company that offered domain registration, now
there are hundreds. Most registrars charge between $15 and $35 (USD) per
year, per domain. This site's domain was registered at
www.dotdnr.com for $15.
[Q] What happens when a domain name expires?
When a domain name expires (is not paid past the registration due date) it
is pulled from the registry. This means that the domain will no longer
work on the internet and if someone had a web site with their domain it
would no longer be reachable. During a period after suspension the
domain can be paid by the original holder and continued to be used. If
the original domain registrant does not pay the domain the domain is put
back into circulation and anyone is free to register it.
[Q] Does registering a domain mean that I own it?
Yes, and no. So long as you continue to pay your registration fees and
your name does not conflict with a trademark or have other legal troubles
you are free to continue using it. It may be best to think of domains
like renting rather than owning.
[Q] What is a domain name transfer and why would
anyone do this?
When domain registration was opened up and numerous companies began offering
registration services the domain transfer was born. People transfer
their domains to different registrars for better pricing and / or services.
[Q] Can I own more than 1 domain?
Yes. While each domain name is unique, there is no limit to the number
of domains any individual or company can register. You should be aware
that domains are billed on an annual basis so if you register a number of
domains you will need to pay for them all each year. Also, for each
domain extension the same domain name prefix can be used. For this
reason you may choose to register yourdomain.com and yourdomain.net for
[Q] How can I find out information about a domain
including who owns it and when it expires?
A whois lookup will provide this information.
www.bizinfowhois.com are both sites that
provide web interfaces to whois lookups.