Domain Name Registration
A basic overview on domain names, ownership and related issues is covered here in the Domain FAQ, where you can also search for a domain name and register your name online, plus find links to recommended domain name registrars and UK governing bodies.
Frequently Asked Domain Questions
What is a domain?
Every computer has a unique numerical addresses so that data can be transferred electronically to the right place. The domain name system (DNS) translates the numerical addresses of computers into more user-friendly names which are easy to remember. These names help people to identify particular web pages and are also used in e-mail addresses.
Why should I register a domain name?
A domain name is not a website. It is just an address that helps people to find your website. If you are serious about your business then buying a domain name is essential. Choosing a name that reflects your products, services, personality or site can be a difficult but necessary consideration. Even if your intention is to have a personal site to share photos with friends or just for fun, a domain name will help to establish it's online presence and make it easier for people to find you.
How can I get a domain name?
There are many sites on the internet that offer online domain name search and registration although services, support and prices vary considerably. As a free service to clients and site visitors, a list of domain registration companies who AWD recommends is provided here.
Do I own the domain name that I've registered?
Legally, you only own a license to use the domain name provided there are no trademark disputes. Your secured domain name will be yours for as long as you pay the annual registration fees.
Do you provide online domain registration purchase?
Yes! Thanks to our friends at British Nic you can search and register domain names online by visiting their site or check wether your name is available the search box.
Affordable Website Design clients using the design/hosting services receive free consultation to discuss name ideas and once the name is registered the domain can be set up so that it directs to your newly designed website on your hosting account.
I do not have a credit card - how can I register a domain?
Many companies take cheques, postal orders or cash which can be sent via the postal system. AWD clients can request domain registration to be included in the overall fee and Affordable Website Design will purchase the name on their behalf at one of the preferred** registration companies.
Tell me more about registering through Affordable Website Design
All domain registration fees are 100% non-refundable without exception as a domain name CAN NOT be UNREGISTERED once it has been registered and there is a cost incurred by AWDESIGN during the registration of all domain names. All domain names are registered for a period of one year. Once you have bought a domain name, that domain name becomes your property. The domain registration fee entitles you to one domain registration for one year. There shall be no additional costs to the customer for a period of one year after commencement of service. Your domain name will always remain your property as long as you maintain the yearly registration fee; however, AWDESIGN will lock your domain name for the first thirty days of service to our servers and your account respectfully. DNS settings to the server are provided in the Hosting FAQ.
I have a domain name - but cannot see my website
After your Website is built you must upload it to your hosting space (the home page should be named index or default). Enter the Domain Name Server Info (DNS Info) provided by the hosting company, into the control panel of your domain name provider account. Within 24-72 hours after you enter the DNS info, your new Website will be accessible to anyone in the world to see! DNS settings to the server are provided in the Hosting FAQ
I don't know how to build or maintain a website
You don't need to have any programming knowledge, if you can use a keyboard and mouse our Site Builder hosting option requires no html programming - sign up, choose a template then add your text, images, sounds and other files using the easy online site builder tool which also allows you to change templates and easily edit/create new pages anytime. More experienced users can also use their own templates and edit in html.
I don't have the time to build or maintain a website
If you would like to have a website for whatever purpose, AWD can remove the stress and do everything for you including consultancy, domain name purchase, web design, hosting, marketing and maintenance.
Domain Registration & Forwarding Services
Distant Help Domains **
Website domain registration services provided by our server manager. Services include private and bulk domain purchasing, forwarding/masking, starter webpage or parked page, domain name locking, status alerts, dns control and email forwarding starting from $7.85 and they currently have an offer on for .info at only $0.99!
US Domain Registration Services include an online word wizard and domain twist to help users find an original name. Domain transfer (fee charged), Multi domain and Multi-lingual registrations accepted. Great Domainia supplies .com, .net, .org, .us and .biz domains. Although DNS modifications and Name Server Management are freely available in the control panel, services like Email and URL Forwarding cost an extra $9.97 per name, per year.... Domain registration varies from $29.97 per year, $49.97 or $59.94 for 2 years and $19.97 for domain transfer.
International domain name registrar that provides information and advice on domains plus an online list of worldwide registrars. They also have a list of accredited members at the site.
UK Domain Names governing body and registry who provide neutral advice on registering and maintaining your name plus a Dispute Resolution Service that attempts to resolve domain name disputes. Site includes list of uk registrants.
US domain registration company that provides practically every extension for Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, International, Pacific and Caribbean countries ! The site is available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. Support is excellent and prices vary but include 10 free sub domains, 10 email aliases, domain parking, mail support, mail alias wildcard and sub domain wildcard. Some DNS control is available (CNAME, A and MX records) but ips tags and nameservers can only be modified by registering with their commercial or business service or transferring the domain.
UK Reg **
Low cost UK and US domain registration starting from £2.95 per year for a .co.uk name. Extensions provided are .co.uk, org.uk, me.uk, .com, .org, .net, .info, .biz, .tv, .name, .ltd.uk, .plc.uk and domain registration includes free email and website forwarding, free access to their dialup service plus 100% DNS control using the online panel (note: ips tag changes are available for UK names only). The company are part of FASTHOSTS and TUCOWS which have received some stick over support in the past but this has improved considerably over the last year.
Cheap and reliable US domain registration company with comprehensive domain control features. Their control panel is a little confusing but provides full dns control, domain parking, domain locking, domain forwarding/masking and status alerts. Good support and reasonably priced .com .net .info .org .us .biz .ws .name .tv .cc .de .jp .be .at .uk .nz names from $8.95