What is a Domain Name?
A Domain Name – or just Domain – gives you an address for people to find you, your information, and your website on the internet.
A top-level domain (TLD) is the part of the domain name located to the right of the dot “.”. The most common TLDs are .com, .net, and .org. Some others are .biz, .info, and .ws. These common TLDs all have certain guidelines, but are generally available to any registrant, anywhere in the world.
There are also restricted top-level domains (rTLDs), like .aero, .biz, .edu, .mil, .museum, .name, and .pro, that require the registrant to represent a certain type of entity, or to belong to a certain community. For example, the .name TLD is reserved for individuals, and .edu is reserved for educational entities.
Country-code TLDs (ccTLDs) represent specific geographic locations. For example: .mx represents Mexico and .eu represents the European Union. Some ccTLDs have residency restrictions. For example, .eu requires registrants to live or be located in a country belonging to the European Union. Other ccTLDs, like the ccTLD .it representing Italy, allow anyone to register them, but require a trustee service if the registrant is not located in a specified country or region. Finally, there are ccTLDs that can be registered by anyone — .co representing Colombia, for example, has no residency requirements at all.
What ISN’T a Domain Name?
A Domain does nothing on its own. It is not a website. It is merely an address that you assign to a location on the internet, normally a hosting provider that hosts your website and information. Once your Domain is linked to Hosting, you can provide a website for people to see when they enter your Domain Name at the top of their Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc…). For a more detailed description of how domains work, Click Here.
One great feature we provide without any additional cost is the ability for you to forward your Domain to another website. For instance, if you already have a website and don’t want to purchase hosting now, you can set your domain to point to another website, such as your MySpace address. You can also mask the forwarded domain so your domain name shows in the browser while you are on the other(Example:MySpace) website.
You can have more than one domain name point to the same website. Many people do this for common misspellings, or with various TLD extensions with the same name(Ex:MyDomain.com, MyDomain.net, MyDomain.org, MyDomain.mobi). They can point to the same or different websites if you like.
What does JMJ provide with a Domain Name purchase?
JMJ wants your Domain Name to be accessible as soon as possible following purchase. Your Domain, as soon as it is active, will be hosted with a JMJ Temporary page so you can see that it is in fact a valid Domain. JMJ provides free hosting with your domain, but our banner will be displayed at the top of your page. As soon as you can, you should purchase a hosting plan so that your website will be ad-free and yours to control all of the content.
The next feature that you will appreciate is a 1GB Email Account associated with your new Domain Name. For example, if you purchased the Domain MyDomain.com, you can set your Email account to be anythingyouwant@MyDomain.com. There are many more features provided at no extra cost with your Domain purchase, Click Here to see them all.
Note: Domain Names are not case sensitive and will default to all lower-case letters. You can use uppercase-case letters in your advertising so people remember your domain, and it doesn’t matter how they enter it in their browser (upper- or lower-case) it will still be valid.
* There is an extensive amount of info on Domain Names in the JMJ Help Center