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Frequently asked questions
Domain is an identifier of a web-page in the Internet. Firms and companies can be found in the internet by their domain names. E.g. the domain name vuyom.co.za serves to find registrar in the net.
Top-level domain (TLD) is the part of the domain name found at the end after the dot (e.g. https://vuyom.co.za). There are different top-level domains .com, .org, .biz, .net etc.
DNS or Domain Name System is a hierarchically organized system of data bases responsible for mapping of domain names into corresponding IP addresses.
Can I leave my profile blank or partially filled? It is the requirement of ICANN, the international governing body for domain names, according to which every domain registrar ought to maintain a publicly accessible “WHOIS” database. This database contains contact details of all the domain owners. If you do not provide a complete information your domain name may be deleted from the domain registry.
If the domain name that you want is already taken then your best bet is to look at minor variants. For example, perhaps you can add another word to the name or you can switch one word out for another. Perhaps you can register it using a different extension, such as by using a ccTLD instead of the .com domain.
Another option is to hyphenate, so instead of using mywebsitename.com you could try my-website-name.com. Just be careful, though – the last thing you want to do is to cause confusion by having a name that’s too similar to someone else’s.
Finding the right domain name requires a little bit of art and a little bit of science. It also often takes patience and a lot of trial and error. But that’s okay too. Remember, the right domain name is out there, somewhere. You just need to keep searching around until you find it.
Let’s take a look at the similarities first: they’re all gTLDs (generic top-level domain names) that are available for public registration. That means that as long as nobody else has registered the specific domain name that you’re looking for, you should be able to get it with any of these extensions.
Each of the gTLDs has a slightly different meaning, and so it’s usually best to pick the one that’s most relevant to your website. .com domains are usually used for commercial purposes, such as for an online store or a business site, although they’re increasingly being used by default as they imply a certain amount of trust. .net domains were originally used by networking companies (such as internet service providers) but are now also multipurpose.
.org is still largely used as it was originally intended, as a gTLD for charities, communities and local organisations. .info, meanwhile, is aimed at information-based websites such as wikis and tutorial sites.
With all of these gTLDs, there’s a certain amount of wiggle room. There’s no rule that says you have to use one type of domain name or another – and no test that you have to pass if you want to register one. Think of them as guidelines rather than rules – and feel free to break them if it allows you to snatch up the perfect domain name.
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