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What is a domain name?

Each individual computer on the Internet has a unique address called an Internet Protocol (IP) address. The Domain Name System (DNS) was created to replace the usual IP addresses (such as "208.232.X.X") with names, since they're much easier to remember. The domain name includes any name specified and an extension, also known as the top level domain (TLD)

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What is a top level domain name?

TLD is the extension at the end of the domain names. The two types of TLDs are global and country. Global TLDs are created for Internet public use, for example, .com, .net, and .org. Country TLDs are created for a specific country's use, for example, .ca (for Canada), and .co.uk (for the United Kingdom).

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Why do I need to register a domain name?

Registering a domain name for your business or organization is essential to your marketing efforts. A domain name gives your business a unique identity on the World-Wide Web. Most domain names are much easier to remember than a long address given to you by your Internet Service Provider such as: www.usol.com/~yourusername.

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How will I be able to tell if my desired domain name is already taken?

When you begin registering a domain name, we will search the domain name database (which is known as "WhoIs") to see if your requested domain name is available. If the domain request comes up with "no match" you will be able to register that domain name.

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Once I have a domain name how long may I use it?

If there are no trademark disputes, your secured domain name will be yours for as long as you maintain the yearly registration fees.

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What if my domain name is the same as a trademarked name?

Generally, if you've registered the name in good faith, it's not a name belonging to an internationally known company, and you can show that you have a legitimate reason to use that name then you are likely to be able to keep that name. That may not be the case if it can be known that you purchased the name for the express purpose of re-selling it to a company with a legitimate claim to the name.

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How do I choose a good domain name?

Choose a name that reflects the intent and purpose of your Website or business. Try to keep it short and snappy, and say it out loud, as if you were telling someone at a party to visit your Web page. Some domain names look good on paper but are confusing when you try to send someone to them over the phone. Keep in mind the image that it produces... your domain name will be one of the ways people recognize or evaluate their sites for their interests when they are searching via Yahoo! or other search engines. When facing a large number of choices, the snappiest domain sometimes grabs the most attention.

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What are valid characters for a domain name and how long can it be?

The only valid characters for a domain name are letters, numbers and a hyphen "-". Other special characters like the underscore "_" or then exclamation mark "!" are not permitted.

A domain name can be up to 63 characters long, plus the characters used to identify the Top Level Domain (.com, .biz, .info, .net, .org). Do not type the www. before your domain name when registering.

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Do I need to register .com, .net, and .org?

The expense of registering and supporting a domain name is minor compared to the expense of marketing your domain name and your business. The last thing you want is for someone else (usually your competitors) to benefit from your efforts to establish your identity. You will see competitors registering names close to yours, trying to benefit from typos your visitors may make. For example, someone registered internik.net to try and benefit from typos by visitors to internic.net.

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Do I need to register for any other services?

No. You are not required to use any other service with MyEasyDomain  to purchase a domain name. However we have skillfully created many other services to make the most use from the purchase of your domain name.

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Does MyEasyDomain include the primary and secondary DNS?

Yes it does. It will automatically be pointing to:
ns1.myeasydomain.com - 208.232.58.2 and
ns2.myeasydomain.com - 208.232.58.3.

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Can I register a domain name that has expired but is not available yet?

Currently it is not possible to register a domain name that does not show as available. Keep checking back to see if the domain name does drop for the registry. At that time it will become available and you can register the domain name.

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How will you notify me of my renewal of my domain name?

You will receive a notice by email to the email account that you used at the time of registration. This will be done 1 month prior to the expiration of your domain name. It is your responsibility to follow up with that email. You will not be contacted by us in any other manner.

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How do I manage my domain name?

You may access the control panel to your domain name by clicking here.

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What do I do if I cannot log into the domain manager?

If you are unable to access the control panel please contact MyEasyDomain

If the Admin Contact Email address is invalid for any reason, the only remaining option is to send a fax on company letterhead (if possible) signed by the Domain owner.  Please include the domain name, new Admin Email address and a copy of a government photo ID.  Please use the following template.

Fax: 416-531-2516  ATTN:  OpenSRS Support
Once you have sent the fax, please also send e-mail to support@opensrs.org so they will be looking for your fax.

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What is domain forwarding?

Domain forwarding allows you to forward your domain anywhere you would like. For example you could forward the domain to already existing website that already has a domain name or you could forward your domain to personal space that you receive somewhere such as your Internet Service Provider. For example: if you have an account with USOL.com you receive as a part of that, 25 megs of personal web space, but the address to that space is: www.usol.com/~yourusername. Instead you could have your domain pointing to that space. This saves you money in hosting costs!

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What is email forwarding?

Email forwarding allows you to create multiple email addresses with your domain name and them sent to the email address of your choice. For example let's say your domain is: yourdomain.com and you would like to have an email address called support@yourdomain.com and help@yourdomain.com and sales@yourdomain.com, you could have them forward to one of your existing email accounts, ie; username@usol.com.

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