In order to implement a domain name of your own choosing for your website, there’s a certain procedure of domain names registration that one must undergo first. Domain names registration is regularly done under the services of a domain registrar that is accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, being the primary and only organization that handles the name and number system of the internet.
Domain names registration has a minimum period of one year and a maximum of ten years. This means that upon registering a domain for a set amount of time, you own the rights to that domain until the registration expires. When the expiration date of the registration of the domain name has been reached, the owner must renew the registration within the grace period of 60 days since the domain name would be deleted from the registry making it available to the public once again.
The ICANN mandates all of its accredited domain registrars to submit personal information about the owner of the domain to the WHOIS database that can be easily viewed by the public. This makes it possible for domain owners applying for registration of domain names to choose from three options for their WHOIS database listing: a public WHOIS database listing, a private WHOIS database listing, and an enhanced business listing in the WHOIS database. Remember that not all domain registrars provide these three options since the majority only provide the default mode which is the public WHOIS database listing.
Another important consideration in domain names registration is the top-level domains that will be attached to the domain name that you chose. Usually, the two most typical categories of top-level domains are the generic top-level domains and the country code top-level domains. The generic top-level domains are often chosen by people and they include popular extensions such as .com, .info, .biz, .net, .gov, .org, and many more. On the other hand, country code top-level domains consist of extensions that specifies a particular country. The former is an ideal choice if you want to set up a website targeted for an international audience while the latter is highly useful if you are targeting the traffic of a local market. Additionally, not all domain registrars offer the country code top-level domains and you may have to find the specific organization that provides such special service.