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Category: Domain Names

What is a domain name and why do people use them?
What domain name should I choose?
What if someone is already using the domain name I want?
How can I find out if the domain I want is available?
My domain name is available, now what?
What is domain name registration? Do I have to register?
What is the difference between domain registration and hosting?
Can I register a domain name without web hosting?
Can I register domain names at Hostito's great price without hosting?
Do you offer URL forwarding?
Can I use international domains?
Can I have Hostito host my site and do my own DNS?
Do I have to register my domain with Hostito?
How can I find out my domain's registrar and expiration date?
How long is a domain name good for, and how can I renew it?
What happens if my domain name is expired?
How long does it take to get my domain name working?
Can I access my domain name with and without the www?
Is it possible to change my domain name?
Can I modify domain name information or my MX records?
Can I have more than one domain name?
Do you offer subdomains (example.domain.com)?
Who owns the domain name if I registered it at Hostito?
How do I transfer my domain name to Hostito?
Is there any charge to transfer my domain name to Hostito?
Can I have additional domain names pointed to a subdirectory?

What is a domain name and why do people use them?

Domain names are unique names that identify web sites and e-mail addresses. They are made up of 2 or more parts, separated by dots, e.g., hostito.com or mail.secure-transact.net.

Domain names are used because they are relevant to the web sites they represent and because they are easy to remember. Each computer connected to the Internet has a unique number that identifies it, much like a phone number, and with the correct number you can reach any web site. These numbers are often long and arbitrary, however, so domain names are used instead. For example, it's much easier to remember "www.ebay.com" than "66.135.208.87".

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What domain name should I choose?

We suggest you pick a domain name that reflects your identity as directly and concisely as possible. Long domain names can be easily misspelled. If possible, your top-level domain (e.g., com, net, org, etc.) should reflect the nature of your web site: .com for general or commercial sites, .biz for businesses, .org for organizations or non-profits, etc.

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What if someone is already using the domain name I want?

Domain names are unique, so only one owner can use them at a time. If someone has already registered the one you want, you can either attempt to contact them and make them an offer for the domain name, or you can try to find an alternate domain name or top-level domain (e.g., samplename.net instead of samplename.com).

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How can I find out if the domain I want is available?

Try the "Domain Search" tool on our homepage to check if a domain name you are interested is available for registration.

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My domain name is available, now what?

If you have found a domain name you like, and it is available for registration, we strongly suggest you register it now. It is difficult to find good domain names, so if you find one you are happy with, you should register it.

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What is domain name registration? Do I have to register?

Domain name registration can be thought of as the leasing of a domain name. It is impossible to buy a domain name; instead, you buy permission to use the name for one or more years by registering it. In order to have a domain name and use it for your web site, you must register it.

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What is the difference between domain registration and hosting?

Web hosting refers to the storing and sharing of web pages and other files and information for a web site. Domain name registration is the process by which a domain name is reserved for use.

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Can I register a domain name without web hosting?

Yes. Domain name registration and web hosting are separate services.

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Can I register domain names at Hostito's great price without hosting?

Unfortunately, no. As a courtesy to our customers, we provide new web hosting customers with a free domain name and discounted domain name registration--just $9.95 per year. Become a Hostito customer by purchasing one of our Servers, Web Hosting, or Reseller plans and register as many domains as you please!

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Do you offer URL forwarding?

Yes. We can point your domain name to any IP address or URL you want. URL forwarding is included with all of our plans.

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Can I use international domains?

Yes. We host international domain names (such as .co.uk, .co.jp, and many others), but we do not offer them for registration. We strongly suggest you contact the NIC for the country that you are interested in registering with to get a list of available registrars. Any fully qualified domain name can be hosted with us, but we only provide registration for .com, .net, .org, .biz, .us, and .info.

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Can I have Hostito host my site and do my own DNS?

Yes. We are flexible and happy to accommodate your needs when we can.

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Do I have to register my domain with Hostito?

No. Although Hostito offers a free domain name with web hosting and additional domain name registration for just $9.95, you are free to register elsewhere (though often for 2, 3, or even 5 times the price).

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How can I find out my domain's registrar and expiration date?

If you cannot remember when your domain name expires or where you registered your domain, try visiting a web site that specializes in whois queries, like Better-Whois.com. Search for your domain and look for the "Registrar" and "Expires on" fields.

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How long is a domain name good for, and how can I renew it?

Domain name registrations may be renewed indefinitely. To renew your domain name, contact your current registrar or transfer it to a new one of your choosing. If you are transferring a domain name, make sure you watch for a notice from your current registrar as to how to approve it. Without the approval of one of the domain name contacts, the site cannot be transferred.

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What happens if my domain name is expired?

If your domain name expires, it will go into what is called "redemption period". The process of releasing a domain name from redemption period is long and very expensive. You should make every effort to renew your domain name prior to the expiration period.

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How long does it take to get my domain name working?

Usually somewhere between 24 and 72 hours, the usual waiting period for any DNS changes to go into effect. This is because Internet Service Providers, Hositing Service Providers, and Network Information Centers update the DNS information identified with your domain name at different times.

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Can I access my domain name with and without the www?

Yes, you can view your web site without the www on all our systems. Furthermore, you can add as many subdomains as are limited by your plan restrictions.

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Is it possible to change my domain name?

Yes. If you already own the new domain name, we can do this for you at no extra charge. It's also possible to have more than one domain name point to the same web site.

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Can I modify domain name information or my MX records?

Web Hosting and Reseller accounts can modify MX records from their web-based control panels. If you need assistance, simply contact our support staff.

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Can I have more than one domain name?

Yes. Our Web Hosting and Reseller plans allow an unlimited number of domains.

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Do you offer subdomains (example.domain.com)?

Yes, subdomains are available on our Web Hosting and Reseller plans.

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Who owns the domain name if I registered it at Hostito?

You do. You are free to set your domain name contacts, name servers, and other information as you please. If you ever have trouble with your domain name management, we are here to help. Or, should you decide to transfer it elsewhere, we will be happy to assist you as long as your account is in good standing.

Note: domains registered with our free domain offer may not be released to you until you have completed a minimum of two months of web hosting.

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How do I transfer my domain name to Hostito?

Enter your domain name and select "transfer request" on our order form. You will receive an e-mail from your current domain name registrar with instructions on how to approve the domain name transfer. Simply follow the instructions to complete the process, and the transfer is complete.

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Is there any charge to transfer my domain name to Hostito?

Yes, although you may use our free domain name offer to transfer your domain name for free. In any other case, we charge US$9.95 to transfer a domain name. In effect, transferring your domain name means your registrar is changed to Hostito and a year is added to your domain name registration.

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Can I have additional domain names pointed to a subdirectory?

Yes. This feature is available on our Web Hosting and Reseller plans.

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