How to Register a Domain name

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Note: Due to the registry’s requirements .LTD.UK, .PLC.UK, and .NET.UK must be registered with Nominet directly; however, we do offer transfers and management, including renewals, for these domains. Important: CNNIC has announced an indefinite suspension of all .CN registrations from overseas Registrars, including our registration provider Neustar. This change is in effect as of January 6, 2010. As a result of this action by CNNIC, we have no choice but to suspend new .CN registrations. Until further notice, .CN domains that are currently registered can be renewed and transferred; however, new orders will not be accepted for .CN domain names.

How do I search for domains? To search for domains you need to click on the Home tab. This takes you to the home page. On this page, you can search for a match to a single word or combination of words, and you can search with or without the TLD extension. Domain names can be between 3 and 61 characters long. This does not include the TLD extension, such as .com. Enter your search word in the text field, and click Find. The search results indicate whether the domain name is available. If an exact match is found, you will see a large checkmark and the word Success! next to the name. The results page also lists other similar domain names and any Premium Domain Names that are available. What are Premium Domains? Premium Domains are domains with popular and interesting names that are offered for sale in the marketplace. Many great domain names are already taken, but in some cases, the owners are willing to sell them for a price. Because these names are highly desirable, the price is higher than the price for a regular domain name and is different for each domain name. How do I look for Premium Domains? You search for Premium Domains in the same way that you would search for any domain. If there are Premium Domains that satisfy your search criteria (the words you use to search for domain names), you will see a separate section in the search results that displays the available Premium Domain names and their associated cost.

What are some tips when searching for a domain? Avoid dashes if you plan on using radio ads or word of mouth to publicize your site. Try different variations of the name to find more, and possibly better, suggestions.

How do I register a domain? If there’s a domain name you’d like to register, the first thing to do is to check whether the name is available. If it is available, registering the name is a very simple procedure. To register a domain On the Home page, enter the name you want in the text field and click Find. The search results page tells you whether the name you want is available and displays some similar or related names that you might want to register. If the name you want is available, simply click the checkbox beside the name. You can choose any of the domain names that are listed on the results page, and you can use the text field at the bottom of the page to search for additional names. The domain names that you choose are added to your shopping cart. When you’re ready to review your choices and check out, click Done. On the next page, choose the registration term and any available options for each of the domains that you selected.

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