A beginner’s guide to domain name management

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Your domain name plays a key role in your online presence. It’s basically your address or in other words your unique digital identity which you can use to differentiate your product and services online. While the domain name system is not very complicated, many people do still do not understand how it all works, and for this reason, many organizations prefer turning over all control of their domain name to an IT expat or a web firm that offer management services, a move that has its own pros and cons.  If you are looking to learn more about domain name management, let me take you through some the basics.

 What is a domain name?

A domain name, e.g. ‘google.com’ is an address that defines a realm of power on the internet. In a simpler term, a domain name is your business’s digital fingerprint. It provides detailed information about who you are, what you do and where you can be found by different clients. Needless to say, if someone wants to visit your website, he uses your domain name to access it.

 What is a domain registrar?

If you want your website to be called a particular name, you must first request a registrar to legally register your domain and grant you full ownership of the specific domain name. A registrar is a company that manages and issues domain names when asked to. Currently, there are dozens of domain registrars out there who offer slightly similar services but charge differently. Some of the most common registrars today include;

Lean domain search: it has been designed to provide results based on keywords entered by an interested party who is in need of a domain name.

Whois.net: it provides information about owners of different domain names. It also provides details of when the suggested domain names will expire.

 What is an IP Address?

Your website has a specific address assigned to it and lives on a web service. The address is what is referred to as IP address which stands for Internet Protocol Address. Any IP address is made up of four segments which are separated by a period, e.g. 123.456.789.123.

 Who should control your domain name registration?

While it is advisable to leave all IT issues to your technician, I strongly suggest that you should always have total control of your domain name registration and management. For starters, this will help you keep safe your clients’ information. In addition, this move will help you know what’s being done to your website in terms of the information being posted.

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