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Domain Names

- What exactly is a domain name and why do I need one?
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What's in a name?
- What are the rules for the registration of .com, .net and .org names?
- Are .com, .net, and .org domain names available for registrations globally?
- Where can I check if my domain name is still available?
- How much does it cost to register a domain name like *.com, *.net or *.org?
- How can I get a domain name ending in .com, .net or .org?
- Who is paying the domain name fee?
- When do I have to pay for my domain name?
- How much does it cost to register a foreign domain name?
- Who is registering my domain name?
- Do you handle Foreign Domain Name Registrations?
- What additional info do you need for hosting my foreign domain name?
- What do I have to know, if I want to register my domain name for myself?
- Who should the domain name be registered to?
- Will my name and contact information be publicly available?
- I want to transfer my existing domain name to Spunkyworld. What do I have to do?
- How do I modify my DNS / Name Servers?
- How long does modifying a domain name take?
- Can I rename an existing domain name?
- What is propagation?
- I'm an expert, just tell me your name servers!


Q: What exactly is a domain name and why do I need one?

A: A domain name is your very unique Internet address. It provides you with an identity on the Internet. It helps you to find and to be found. When a server is searching for something on the World Wide Web, it looks for a string of digits known as an IP network address, (e.g. 156.130.43.30). A domain name is the text translation of this IP address, which is easier to remember than a string of digits.
Registering a suitable domain name on the Internet is the equivalent of registering a company name.
Once you have purchased your domain name (i.e. www.i-love-jeff.com) it is taken forever. Nobody can register your domain name for a second time.
You gain a lot of respect from your visitors, and your business looks much more serious as an Internet address like www.anythingelse.com/section/catalog/area/user/jeff/index.htm.
www.i-love-jeff.com is also easy to remember, no one will remember the other address mentioned above. Right?

Did you know, that currently +50,000 domain names are registered every week around the globe?

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Q: What's in a name?

A: A domain name takes the form of a company name or associated brand name, succeeded by a recognized Internet suffix. For example, company ABC Inc. might register the name abc.com. The .com is a domain name suffix. There are well over 400 of these suffixes. Domain suffixes often reveal the organization's location, and its status.

For example, UK Domains include .co.uk, .org.uk, .net.uk, .ltd.uk, and .plc. uk. These are all registered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Other country code domains:
Each country has its own country code domain, e.g., .fr for France, .ru for Russia, or .dk for Denmark. Procedures for registering domain names differ considerably around the world. Some countries allow anyone to register a domain name whether or not they have a presence there. (These are often known as 'high-risk' countries). In others, a local presence is required, although one person or organization can register any number of domain names. Elsewhere, not only is a local presence required, but only one name can be registered, which has to be the same name as the registering company.

Generic domains:
Generic domains are available for anybody to register on a first-come, first-serve basis. Generic domains are not associated with any one country, and consequently are also known as 'International' domains. The suffix '.com' is universally recognized. It is the domain of choice for US Corporations. It is also popular with companies that have a global presence or distribution network. Other generic domains include .net, and .org. This list will probably be added to in the near future.

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Q: What are the rules for the registration of .com, .net and .org names?

A: Rules for .com, .net and .org Domain Name registrations:

.com - to be used for commercial and personal sites
.org - recommended for non-profit organizations
.net - recommended for companies involved in data networking especially related to the Internet

Use only letters, numbers, or dash ("-")
Cannot begin or end with a dash
Must have at least 3 characters, but cannot have more than 67*, (including .com, .net and .org)
Domain Names are not case sensitive
Domain Names cannot include spaces

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Q: Are .com, .net, and .org domain names available for registrations globally?

A: Yes. The .com, .net, and .org domains are available for registration by Internet users across the globe. ICANN accredited domain name registrars located in various countries around the world.

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Q: Where can I check if my domain name is still available?

A: You can check up to 160 different domain name extensions with our Domain Name Lookup Tool.

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Q: How much does it cost to register a domain name like *.com, *.net or *.org?

A: Domain names registered with Networksolutions costs $35 USD per year.
If you register your domain name through us, there is a discounted domain name fee of $19.99 USD per year. Additionally you receive many features for free, such as e-mail forwarding and domain name pointing along with an easy to use DNS manager for your domain name. Register here.

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Q: How can I get a domain name ending in .com, .net or .org?

A: Domain names ending with .com, .net or .org can be registered through many different companies known as "Registrars". Currently you can register your domain name wih us.

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Q: Who is paying the domain name fee?

A: The fee must be paid by the registrant, the domain name owner. Since it's your property, you have to pay for it.
If you drive a car, you have to own that car, thus have to pay for it (usually :-). The same with a domain name.

If you decide to change web hosts, you can take that name with you (because it's your property).
If the domain name has been registered to an ISP, you don't have control over that name. So be careful when you register your domain name.

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Q: When do I have to pay for my domain name?

A: Before your domain name becomes active, you must provide a credit card number or any other form of payment. This requirement enhances the availability of domain names by preventing them from being tied up by individuals not intending to pay for registration.

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Q: How much does it cost to register a foreign domain name?

A: The fees vary from country to country. They range from $50-$300. You have to research the exactly fee for yourself, if you want to have a specific top level domain. You can use our links to Domain registries around the world.

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Q: Who is registering my domain name?

A: You. The best way is to register through our registration frontend (.com, .net, .org, .us, .info, .biz, .tv, .ws, .nu, .bz, .cc, .ca, .com.cn, .net.cn, .org.cn). You will need a credit card to proceed.

If you need a national or local domain name like .nl, .be, .br, .mx, which we don't support this time, you may check with the appropriate registry in your country. We provide some info for Domain Name Registries around the world.

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Q: Do you handle Foreign Domain Name Registrations?

A: We can house any valid domain name extension. But at this time, we can't register all of them.
If you are interested in foreign domain name registrations which we can't register for you, we provide you with useful resources to help link you to most registration services around the world.

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Q: What additional info do you need for hosting my foreign domain name?

A: Nothing special, but the domain name with the top level domain like yourname.us!

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Q: What do I have to know, if I want to register my domain name for myself?

A: If you register with us please click here to apply for your domain name. You don't have to care about any technical details. You have to provide the following data:
1) Domain Name owner including contact address
2) Administrative Contact including contact address
3) desired registration period (1-5 years)

If you are registering somewhere else or if you are registering a foreign domain name, you will need our name server info:

Economy Plan
Primary Name Server..: NS1.SPUNKYNET.COM
IP of Primary NS.....: 64.247.28.211
Secondary Name Server: NS2.SPUNKYNET.COM
IP of Secondary NS...: 64.247.28.212

Value/Premium Plan
Primary Name Server..: NS.SPUNKYWORLD.COM
IP of Primary NS.....: 209.204.217.189
Secondary Name Server: NS2.SPUNKYWORLD.COM
IP of Secondary NS...: 209.204.194.86

If you also need a technical contact for your domain name. Put yourself into place.

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Q: Who should the domain name be registered to?

A: You should always be the domain name owner, the administrative and billing contact.
And we as the ISP are only the technical contact.

It is important to do so, because since you are the administrative contact of your domain name, you can update or move your domain name anytime if you have any reason. You have full control over your domain name.

Beware of an ISP which is registering themselves as the domain name owner or administrative contact.
Some domain names were sold for several thousands of dollars in the past. Now imagine, if your domain is getting very successful and you are not the domain name owner...

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Q: Will my name and contact information be publicly available?

A: Yes. Information about who is responsible for domain names is publicly available to allow rapid resolution of technical problems and to permit enforcement of consumer protection, trademark, and other laws. The registrar will make this information available to the public on a "Whois" site.

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Q: I want to transfer my existing domain name to Spunkyworld. What do I have to do?

A: The most important point is to change the name server info for your domain name.
The updating process depends on the registrar, where you did register your domain name originally.

We provide sample step by step instructions for numerous registrars around the world.

You have to replace your current name servers, with the listed name servers below:

Economy Plan
Primary Name Server..: NS1.SPUNKYNET.COM
IP of Primary NS.....: 64.235.229.136
Secondary Name Server: NS2.SPUNKYNET.COM
IP of Secondary NS...: 64.235.229.137

Value/Premium Plan
Primary Name Server..: NS.SPUNKYWORLD.COM
IP of Primary NS.....: 209.204.217.189
Secondary Name Server: NS2.SPUNKYWORLD.COM
IP of Secondary NS...: 209.204.194.86

If you have used another registrar not listed in our tutorial section, you might have to do some research how to update name server records. But all registrars provide some help files and manuals for their clients.

If you have difficulties to update that info, you can e-mail us and ask for help.

Note: Upon completion, it can take up to 48 hours, until every ISP around the globe has the updated Name Server info for your domain name available. Until then, your domain name is still pointing to your old provider. It needs some time to propagate.

In the interim, you can start uploading your page by ftping to your IP address.
So you are online the SAME day! :-)

Tip: If you have a lot of files to transfer, and you will need some time to arrange everything, you should keep the service at your present provider before you update the name servers for your domain name. When you order an account with us, we will provide you with an IP address, so you can mirror your site on our server. All email and web pages will still be accessed from your current site, until the name server updates take place.

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Q: How do I modify my DNS / Name Servers when I already have my domain name somewhere else?

A: You will need to modify the DNS information for your domain name. Your domain name will not point to our servers until you complete DNS modifiation.

Please click here for our Flash tutorials demonstrating DNS modificatins with various registrars.

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Q: How long does modifying a domain name take?

A: Modification usually takes 24-48 hours for domain propagation around the world.

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Q: Can I rename an existing domain name?

A: No. Registered domain names can't be renamed. You can only update different records associated with your domain name. If you want to have a new domain name, you have to register a new one. And if you no longer pay for your old domain name, it will become publicly available again once the license fees have been expired.

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Q: What is propagation?

A: Once the relevant registrar announces that your domain name has been registered (or transferred, or updated), activation usually takes between 24 to 48 hours. All Internet providers must update their records (DNS tables) to reflect new site locations. This is called propagation.

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Q: I'm an expert, just tell me your name servers!

A:

Economy Plan
Primary Name Server..: NS1.SPUNKYNET.COM
IP of Primary NS.....: 64.235.229.136
Secondary Name Server: NS2.SPUNKYNET.COM
IP of Secondary NS...: 64.235.229.137

Value/Premium Plan
Primary Name Server..: NS.SPUNKYWORLD.COM
IP of Primary NS.....: 209.204.217.189
Secondary Name Server: NS2.SPUNKYWORLD.COM
IP of Secondary NS...: 209.204.194.86

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