Choose a domain name
If a domain name you wanted is already taken
Try choosing a different TLD. Perhaps your new domain would look even better with the .biz, .info, .net or other domain zones. Remember, each Top Level Domain has its own specifics and rules.
Make an offer to the current owner of the domain name. Often, opening up a taken domain name in your browser would take you to a landing page declaring that domain may be for sale. The price may depend on the name itself as well as several other factors.
Why do you need privacy protection?
- Your private data will no longer be available for public consumption
- Reduce domain-oriented spam
- Reduce the risk of identity theft
- Pay annually, but prior to the domain's expiration date
- If expiration is about, renew your domain before adding privacy protection
- Specify which domain to protect when ordering the service
- To activate the service, send a ticket in your client area. Provide the domain name for which you want to order this service.
Tips on Registering a Domain Name
A domain name (domain) is a string of characters which consists of the website name and a Top Level Domain. The domain name indicated in the address bar is used to access the desired website.
294 million domains were registered in 2015.
All domain names are arranged in hierarchical branching: from the top (first) level to the 127th sublevel. A full domain name cannot exceed 253 ASCII characters while each domain name label can have up to 63 characters. Domain names can contain only letters, digits and some special symbols.
Top level domain names belong to the root zone of the DNS (Domain Name System) space on the Internet and are registered in accordance with international agreements. They are notionally divided into national domains: .ru (Russia), .uk (the United Kingdom), .fr (France), etc. and international domains specifying the website focus: .com (commercial), .edu (eductional), .info (informational), etc. Any domain name ends in a top level domain zone.
Domain names can be registered in (attached to) top level domains by certified registrars who render these services to the users. This is what buying a domain is – your combination of characters is registered in one of the top level domains and together they make the web address of your website.
You can buy a domain name from us from 5 to 35 € per year. To reduce the risk of technical difficulties you may encounter, we recommend that the website hosting and domain are ordered from the same company. We offer high quality hosting services from 4 € a month.
.ru — is the Russian national domain, one of the most popular ones with the citizens of Russian Federation (96% of *.ru websites are registered by residents), and has 5.17 million registered domain names as of April 2016. Since 2013 .ru has ranked No. 6 among national domains in the world according to the number of registrations. The domain is served by eight physical servers five of which are located in the Russian Federation. The .ru zone is updated four times a day (at 2:00, 10:00, 14:00 and 19:00 Moscow time), so it can take up to 6 hours from the time when a domain name is registered with this domain extension until the website starts working. .ru restricts the total length of the domain name to 63 characters.
If your users are in Russia, you had better choose a domain with .ru extension. Firstly, this extension is better known to Russians. Secondly, search engines prioritize .ru websites for queries made by users from Russia.
.рф — is the first and the only national domain in Russia which contains Cyrillic characters. It was registered in 2009 and was not available for registration until November 2010. Owners of trademarks were prioritized, and then – websites associated with governmental authorities (президент.рф, правительство.рф, медведев.рф, путин.рф, etc.). Not all of the latter were delegated, so some are only reserved domain names.
Lots of websites with .рф extension are mirrors of Latin character domain names. For example, мэйл.рф is automatically transferred to mail.ru, etc.
Since November 2010 .рф extension has been available for registration and accounts for 874 691 registered websites as of March 2016. It is updated every odd hour, therefore, a website registered with .рф extension will be available within two hours at most. If the Russian keyboard layout is not available, a user can use a software keyboard.
Similar to that with the .ru tld, a website should be registered with .рф if the target audience is in Russia.
.com, .net, .org — are among the first registered top level domains and have existed since 1985
.com is the absolute leader in the number of registrations as of 2016, comprising about half of all domain names on the Internet. It was used for registering websites of commercial organizations only until the mid-1990s. But then this restriction was removed and now .com is available for registration. This extension falls within the jurisdiction of the USA and now has about 120 million websites registered with it.
.net — is the next biggest domain among the listed ones and had 15.79 million registrations as of March 2016. It does not have any restrictions concerning registration although initially .net was intended for net-related organizations (providers, network technical support, etc.).
.org is also a widely used extension and has 10.98 million registered websites as of March 2016. This extension which was originally designed for general purpose organizations is now available for everyone.
hese extensions are rather “young” as compared to the above ones. .tv, registered in 1996 as the national domain of Tuvalu, is the oldest among them. Since the name is similar to TV (television) it was bought from the government of Tuvalu back in 1998 by a businessman for $50 million and is now available for registration under the jurisdiction of the USA.
.biz and .info were created in 2001 in order to decrease the load on .com, .net and .org. The first one was intended for business organizations while the second one was meant for online information resources. Both of them do not have any restrictions for registration. .info accounts for about 5 million websites while .biz. has about 2 million.
.tel is a unique domain as it associates contact details (phone number, address, e-mail, skype, location on the map, etc.) and key text phrases to the domain name in the DNS. In fact, this extension was put into operation in 2008 though there had been some attempts before that. Since 2009 .tel has been available for registration and provides certain benefits for website owners including fast website indexing by the search engines, fast loading times of pages, the possibility to specify geographic coordinates of a facility to be shown on Google maps, and some others.
.pro came to be in 2004 and was not available for public registration until 2015. Originally, the extension was intended for specialized professional organizations. Documents and licenses for certain activities were required for registration.
For example, owners of medical or educational centers, law firms or notary offices could use .pro extension for their websites and benefit from the fact that the website domain name itself is indicative of their conducting professional licensed activities.
However, in November 2015 this restriction was removed and now .pro domain is available for everyone.
.be, .us, .eu — are national domains of Belgium, USA and European Union respectively
.us was introduced in 1985 and now has about 1.6 million domain names. There is a second level domain for each state (for example, .al.us for Alabama, .fl.us for Florida, etc.).
.eu was launched in 2005 and now has more than 2 million registrations.
.be is often used not only for national audience of Belgium but also for continued notation of certain second level domain name signatures. For example, youtu.be, yt.be.
Some Ideas on Choosing a Domain Name
Don’t know how to choose a suitable domain for your website? Follow our recommendations.
- Select a domain name based on the name of your company and your area of expertise. If the name of your company is easy to remember, consists of one or two words, is not likely to be confused with similar names and reflects the essence of your activities, you should use it for your domain name. Especially when you sell various products, render different types of services, etc.
- If you sell very common products or the name of your company can be found in other areas, it is recommended that you choose a domain name by reference to your key product or service or some of your specific features. For example, you can choose flowersdelivery.com instead of just flowers.com. Then, visitors will understand at once that you do not only sell flowers but deliver them as well.
- A domain name which consists of two words can be divided with a dash or merged into a single word. It is better to register both variants but if it is impossible, opt for the name without a dash. It is not recommended that more than three words are united into a single domain name.
- Try to find a short and comprehensible domain name so that it is difficult to make a mistake in it. Such names are easy to say or write which means that it will be easier for a visitor to remember your website and tell his or her friends about it.
- Opt for a domain extension which is familiar to your target audience. For example, you do business in Russia but the national domain .ru or.рф is not available. A .eu or .be will hardly suit you because Russians may not even have heard of them. But .com, .org or .net domains are well-known to them.
- If possible, register a few domain names which are spelled or pronounced in a similar way: this will help to eliminate some mistakes users may make when typing the domain name in the address bar. The same applies to domain extensions. Register your domain name with some of the most popular extensions, such as .net, .org, .info, and .biz, and redirect to the main domain: yourdomain.com.
- Remember that the period of your domain name registration needs to be extended. Registration is usually provided for a year and after that you have to extend it, otherwise your domain name will cease to exist. Thus, it may be given to another user who may demand an amount a few times more than the initial one to return it to you./li>