Registering a domain name
makes an official record that the domain name belongs to you.
Domain name registration doesn't give you a place for your website.
Getting a domain name is like registering a business name.
Registering your business name doesn't give you an office
and employees. It just makes an official record that
you own the name.
In the same way, domain name registration doesn't give you a place for your website.
It just makes an official record that the domain name belongs to you.
How much does it cost?
Domain name registration can cost between $US 4 and $US 30
How do i pay for my domain name?
Most registrars in the US do credit-card payments automatically and easily.
Your domain name is active immediately.
Indian registrars do not seem to handle this as automatically.
There may be some delay.
This is usually just as easy as credit card.
Again, things never seem to go as easily inside India as they could.
Check or bank draft
Indian registrars are used to checks and bank drafts. But these
are more difficult for US registrars, especially if the bank draft
is coming from India.
There will be a delay of several days while the draft clears,
before your registration can become active.
How do i know a good domain name registrar?
Registrars all do
basic registration quite well, but vary widely
in the quality of their services. These days the
very best one i use is
It is not the cheapest (about $15/year), but it is really "less"
when compared to others for the service you get.
They provide many things (privacy of your contact
info, hosting, forwarding, etc., that cost extra
with other registrars. You don't waste any time with them,
or money on phone calls or going to their office: their website and email support
A good domain registar:
Doesn't sell your email address to everybody,
Doesn't send you spam.
Has a website that is easy to use; it is easy to do the
things you need to do
Their website is not confusing you by always trying to sell you more things.
Cheap registrars are quite tempting,
but you end up spending (wasting!) quite a lot of your
precious time in getting basic things done such as
setting up domain name servers, and in deleting all
the spam you get from them selling your email address.
Due to this, i am unable to help with problems with
cheap, bad registrars — It's not really worth my time either
to deal with their failings.
What information do i need to have for registering my domain name?
name, address, etc for 3 "roles" (may be two or three different people,
or all the same person):
"Administrative Contact" - who is reponsible for the ownership
of the website. If you are a company, give the contact
information for some position that will always be there,
not an individual person.
"Billing Contact" - who is reponsible for paying
for the website registration. Again, if you are a company,
give the contact information for some position that will always be there,
not an individual person.
"Technical Contact" - the person who understands the technical things
about your website.
When you give email addresses for any of these, don't give an
address that is based on the domain name you are registering!
For instance, if you are registering "bigwebsite.org", don't give
them the new address you will have there, "[email protected]".
Because if there is a problem with registering, or later your
domain expires - they won't be able to contact you by email!
Check in old emails. Maybe you have an email from them in the past.
Check with a "whois" service such as http://whois.domaintools.com/
Go to that link, and type your domain name in the box (without the "www") —
for example i would type in tibetangeeks.com
In the information that results, look down a few lines, to "Sponsoring Registrar".
This may give you some idea who is the registrar.