A domain name is the basic address your use for something on the internet. For example – your want to go to a website, so you type in the domain name (www.outofnowhere.net) into your web browser. The browser takes you to the website.
Domain names are also used in email addresses. Our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) has our domain name at the end, and the individual email account proceeding the “@” symbol.
People talk about “buying” a domain for their website. You don’t really buy a domain name, you register it. If no one else has registered the domain name, then you can. Normally you register the domain by the year. If you don’t renew the registration before it expires, then the domain can be register by someone else and you lose that domain.
The company from which you “purchase” your domain name is called a “registrar”. You create an account with the registrar first and then you register the domain. You can manage the domain name in this account you have with the registrar. It is very important that you keep the log in information for this account with your registrar or you will not be able to renew the domain or make any changes to the domain.
Not all registrars offer the same level of service or price. We recommend www.panthercitywebsource.com. They almost always have sales going and they are competitive with the most inexpensive domain names on the internet.
Once you have a domain name, you can expect to occasionally receive a “bill” in the mail from a company that appears to be sending you a domain name renewal notice. This will NOT be your registrar. These are scam artists that trick you into sending them a renewal payment (usually four to five times the cost that you should pay) and then that take control of your domain name and trap you into doing business with them. Once you’ve paid one of these bills, it can be VERY hard to wrestle your domain back to the registrar of your choice.