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Web Hosting Terminology - Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: July 10, 2008.

Q: What is livedomainsearch.com?

A: livedomainsearch.com a Web site developed using the latest Web 2.0 technologies to simplify the way you find and register your domain names. In addition, livedomainsearch negotiates exclusive deals with industry leaders and makes it available to you on the home page. For you convenience, livedomainsearch has put together package of Web 2.0 tools (available on the home page and in the domain name result box) to get more out of your visit, i.e. whois lookup, domain name favorites, Web links and Web statistics.

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Q: What is a domain name and why should you register one?

A: A domain name is a "unique" name used to identify and locate computers on the Internet. Internet domain names provide a system of easy-to-remember Internet addresses which are translated by DNS (Domain Name Servers) into numeric IP (Internet Protocol) addresses used by the Internet.

An Internet domain name is unique and allows you to have an "identity" on the Internet.

Domain names are typically allocated by the domain registrars on a "first come, first served" basis - currently in excess of 100,000 domain names are being registered per month! You should register your domain name NOW as in the near future most of the memorable domain names will have been taken and only obscure domain names will remain.

A domain name adds value to your Internet presence and is therefore of great value to your organization. Remember domain names are not just for businesses or organizations - many people register names for their own personal use.

If you register a domain name you could be:

Web site address: http://www.your-domain-name.com
Email addresses: name@your-domain-name.com

If you DO NOT register a domain name you would be:

Web site address: http://www.your-isp.com/users/your-name
Email addresses: your-name@your-isp.com  

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Q: What is the definition of a domain registrar?

A: A "Registrar" (or "Domain Name Registrar") is an organization like Network Solutions that has control over the granting of domains within certain TLDs (top level domains, like the generic .com/.org/.net or country-specific .ca/.us/.mx etc.).

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Q: How do I register a domain name?

A: Domain names can be registered through many different companies (known as "registrars") that compete with one another. A listing of these companies appears in the Domain Search Results on this site.

The registrar you choose will ask you to provide various contact and technical information that makes up the registration. The registrar will then keep records of the contact information and submit the technical information to a central directory known as the "registry." This registry provides other computers on the Internet the information necessary to send you e-mail or to find your web site. You will also be required to enter a registration contract with the registrar, which sets forth the terms under which your registration is accepted and will be maintained.

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Q: What is the definition of a TLD?

A: Top Level Domain. A Top Level Domain represents the last part of a domain name. For example, the domain name " livedomainsearch.com", the TLD is ".com". The domain name system is designed as a hierarchy. The root is the highest level of the hierarchy, followed by the top level domain, then followed by the second-level domain. For example, for the domain " livedomainsearch.com", "livedomainsearch" is the second-level domain, "com" is the top level domain, and the "." is the root.

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Q: What is the definition of a WHOIS?

A: WHOIS databases contain nameserver, registrar, and in some cases, full contact information about a domain name. Each registrar must maintain a WHOIS database containing all contact information for the domains they 'host'. A central registry WHOIS database is maintained by the InterNIC. This database contains only registrar and nameserver information for all .com, .net and .org domains.

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Q: What is the definition of a DNS?

A: Short for Domain Name System (or Service), an Internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses. Because domain names are alphabetic, they're easier to remember. The Internet however, is really based on IP addresses. Every time you use a domain name, therefore, a DNS service must translate the name into the corresponding IP address. For example, the domain name www.livedomainsearch.com might translate to 198.105.232.4.

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Q: What is the definition of an MX record?

A: Acronym for Mail eXchange. MX is a DNS record used to define the host(s) willing to accept mail for a given machine

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Q: What is the definition of an A record?

A: An A record is part of the zone file. It is used to point Internet traffic to an IP address. For example, you can use an "A record" to designate abc.yourdomain.com to send traffic to your web site at IP address 209.15.32.135. You can also designate xyz.yourdomain.com to go to a separate IP address.

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Q: What is the definition of an IP address?

A: Each machine connected to the Internet has an address known as an Internet Protocol address (IP address). The IP address takes the form of four numbers separated by dots, for example: 123.45.67.890

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Q: What is the definition of a web hosting?

A: The World Wide Web is a massive collection of web sites, all hosted on computers (called web servers) all over the world. The web server (computer) where your web site's html files, graphics, etc. reside is known as the web host. Web hosting clients simply upload their web sites to a shared (or dedicated) webserver, which the ISP maintains to ensure a constant, fast connection to the Internet.

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Q: What is the definition of an eCommerce?

A: Electric commerce: the conducting of business communication and transactions over networks and through computers. Specifically, ecommerce is the buying and selling of goods and services, and the transfer of funds, through digital communications.

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Q: What is the definition of a transfer domain?

A: The term 'transfer' has been used to describe various kinds of domain name transfers. Traditionally, simply changing the nameservers providing name service for a domain was considered a transfer. Nowadays, such a modification is more rightly called a modification, and the term 'transfer' describes the transfer of a domain from one registrar to another.

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Q: What is the definition of a sub domain?

A: Sub-domains allow you to create second-level domain names under your primary domain name. Sub-domains come in the syntax of anything.yourdomain.com, replacing "www" with with a different sub-domain prefix.

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Q: What is ICANN?

A: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is responsible for managing and coordinating the Domain Name System (DNS) to ensure that every address is unique and that all users of the Internet can find all valid addresses. It does this by overseeing the distribution of unique IP addresses and domain names. It also ensures that each domain name maps to the correct IP address.

ICANN is also responsible for accrediting the domain name registrars. "Accredit" means to identify and set minimum standards for the performance of registration functions, to recognize persons or entities meeting those standards, and to enter into an accreditation agreement that sets forth the rules and procedures applicable to the provision of Registrar Services.

ICANN's role is very limited, and it is not responsible for many issues associated with the Internet, such as financial transactions, Internet content control, spam (unsolicited commercial email), Internet gambling, or data protection and privacy.

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