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What is a domain name?

A domain name is a string of text that maps to a numeric IP address. It is used to access a website from a client browser. To simplify, a domain name is a text that a user types into a browser window to reach a particular website. As an example – the domain name for Extilum is “extilum.com.”

The actual address of a website is a complex numerical IP address, but thanks to DNS, users can enter human-friendly domain names and be routed to the websites that they were searching. This process is known as a DNS lookup.

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How do I register a domain name?


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How much does it cost to register a domain name?


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How Do Domains Work?


All websites need to have: a domain and web hosting. The domain name points to the webserver that hosts the website.

Each domain is tied to an IP address. When you type the domain name into a web browser, the server searches in a global server network that makes up the Domain Name System (DNS).
The DNS servers will search for the IP address connected with the domain name. The server that has data about the IP address will return it to the web browser. When found, it will request data about the website from the domain’s hosting.

The hosting server has all the website’s data (files, databases, code). When the hosting transfers the data, the web browser will transform it into a readable website.


Who is Responsible for Domain Name System?


Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages the domain name system. It is a non-profit organization that creates and implements policies for domain names.
ICANN permits companies called Domain Name Registrars to sell domain names. These domain registrars are allowed to make changes to the domain name registry on your behalf.

Domain name registrars can sell domain names, manage their records, renewals, and transfers to other registrars.
As a domain name owner, you are responsible for telling the registrar where to send requests. You are also responsible for renewing your domain registration.


How to Transfer a Domain Name


Whit Domain transfer you, change a domain’s registrar. WHOIS does all the Domain Transfers.
You will need an EPP code from your current registrar to validate the transfer.
The transfer process can last from 4 to 7 days.
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How Do I Find a Domain Name?


We offer a domain name search tool to help find a suitable domain.


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