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Explain registrars and DNS services
(I thought registering a domain name was simple but now Im confused...)
jpmuldoon




msg:969952
 11:29 pm on Aug 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

I thought I would simply go to network solutions or whomever it is these days and register my name. DOes it still work like that? Or do I have to choose from many resellers, sellers?

Moreover, now I see that I should be concerned about DNS services, the following passage seems pertinent, will someone translate this?

>>Registrars that do not support DNS

>>Some Domain Name Registrars, particularly lower cost ones, register domain names, but do not have DNS support for them. In other words, the IP addresses of the 'Name Servers' for the domain can be set, but the Name Servers themselves are not supplied and the IP address of the domain can not be set.

>> A number of web hosting services also register domain names, but do not provide DNS support unless those domains are hosted with that web hosting service.

What is it mean: "Name servers?" Totally lost at this pt.

1) Okay can someone pt. me to a list of potential places who can register my domain name? Or a resource for this?

2) what do I look for? "We support DNS services." Something like that? What exactly am I looking for in the wording?

3) I want to be the administrating agent, can't I just go to Network solution or Internic? and register there?

Thanks.

 

Krapulator




msg:969953
 12:02 am on Aug 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can register your domain name with a variety of companies these days. It doesn't matter whether they support DNS or not as your webhost will provide this for you.

Once you register your domain name, you will (generally) be given a username and password which will allow you to edit the nameserver settings for that domain.

Once you set up a hosting account, you web host will provide you with details of their nameserver and you simply log into the domain management area (which will be provided by the company you registered your domain with) with the username and password, change the name server settings to point at your web host's name servers and wait a day or two.

This is a very simple explanation, I'm sure others in this board could give you far more nitty gritty - but thats the crux of it.

jpmuldoon




msg:969954
 2:10 am on Aug 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Okay that sounds pretty straightforward, so when you say "Name server" that is computer with the web host that matches my domain name w/ whatever stuff I have on their web hosting site?

So now it sounds like it doesnt matter which registrar I use since the DNS issue is a non issue. so what do I look for? Just the cheapest one?

nobody




msg:969955
 9:37 am on Aug 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Okay that sounds pretty straightforward, so when you say "Name server" that is computer with the web host that matches my domain name w/ whatever stuff I have on their web hosting site?

Yes (where stuff = your webserver & your email server)

So now it sounds like it doesnt matter which registrar I use since the DNS issue is a non issue. so what do I look for? Just the cheapest one?

Beware always looking for the 'cheapest' domain registra. Make sure there aren't excessive penalty clauses for moving the domain elsewhere (to another registra) etc.

jpmuldoon




msg:969956
 9:48 am on Aug 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Okay now why would I want to move my domain name...? Sorry for sounding so dumb.

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