Domain names are easy-to-remember words that we can use to visit a website. The Domain Name System (DNS) is what translates the friendly name to an IP address.
Somewhat like international phone numbers, the domain name system gives every server a memorable and easy-to-spell address, such as google.com..
In other words, it's much easier to type "google.com" in your web browser than it is to remember and enter the IP address which the website uses. This is why domain names are so incredibly useful.
Domain Name Registration
Fern Web can register your domain name on your behalf. The domain name needs to be renewed annually but usually can be registered for many years in advance. While the domain name belongs to the client, we manage the domain and all it's functionalities on their behalf.
Domain Name Renewals
Have you lost or had your domain name expire?
Perhaps the most frightening thing that can happen to any domain name owner is discovering that your domain name has expired. All of the hard work that you’ve put into developing your online brand may now be in jeopardy, with your domain name available for anyone to grab. That doesn't happen at Fern Web. If we are managing your domain (and that is your choice) we lock in the autorenewal for the domain name so that won't happen.
One of the most unfortunate situations we run into is when a domain name has unexpectedly expired. We have spent countless hours getting back, recovering or re-intializing the expired/dead domain name. All situations are different but if you have lost your domain please contact us as soon as possible so we can render assistance.
What Type of Domains?
.com .org .net .ca .info??
A web domain name is a sequence of letters and/or numbers/hyphens separated by one or more periods (".") which act as a pointer to a unique numerical address (IP) on a computer network such as the Internet. This address may host publicly available content (e.g a web site), or may be a private intranet.
A web domain name always ends with an extension of 2 or 3 characters. These characters can signify the country the website address is associated with or the type of organization; but this isn't always the case - more on that below.
How do domain names work?
They operate under the Domain Name System (DNS), which is essentially the address book of the Internet. This helps direct visitors to your website by translating the name into its related IP address number sequence and locating where the resource is stored.
What are the different types of domain names?
Thankfully, you don't need to memorize all of the below as it can get a little confusing. As a registrant; usually all you need to be able to distinguish between is a domain name - the popular terms used collectively for second and third level domains - and a subdomain.
TLD - Top Level Domains
These are at the highest level in the DNS structure of the Internet. There are several different types of TLD's, being:
ccTLD - country code Top Level Domains
Two letter domains established for geographical locations; for example; .ca signifies Canada. When originally designated, usually only residents of a country could register their corresponding ccTLD; but over the years quite a few countries have allowed parties outside their shores to register website names. An example of this is Tuvalu (.tv).
gTLD - generic Top Level Domain
The best known generic TLD's include .com, .net, .biz, .org and .info - these can be registered by anyone, anywhere in the world. However, some of the new gTLD's more recently released have various restrictions.
IDN ccTLD - internationalised country code top-level domains
A top-level name with a specially encoded format which allows it to be displayed in a non-Latin character set (i.e. special characters).