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- It's Not Free, it will cost you time and money, both now
- It clutters up the Internet name space (slowing host name
- For most individuals to register, who don't even have a
true permanent 24 hour presence, but merely a bit of virtual
web hosting & mail forwarding, it's mostly frivolous
egotism to create trivial personal domains !
- It's generally pointless &/or un-necessary for
individuals to set up their own domain, unless they're in
Internet business trading in a big way, etc.
- It's Not necessary just for email, nor necessary just to
have a few web pages.
- There's a newsgroup dedicated to discussion of names &
registrations etc: comp.protocols.tcp-ip.domains. There you can
also read of human parasites who indulge in cyber squatting,
worthless people who impede the Internet's growth by blocking
natural domain usage.
"nslookup" on a networked Unix box. Or use a web service. Or even
use a browser, ftp, rlogin, telnet, or ping to tell if a site is
currently on line answering, (even though they'll fail to connect
often (for a variety of access/permission etc reasons). Note they
won't tell you if the site exists, but is temporarily off line.
Even MS-Windows has telnet (sometimes). Back To
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Name Service), & options such as: [ Virtual domain hosting,
Web Hosting, Mail forwarding, Email to Fax
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- An Internet Domain is Not the same as a mail address, for
instance the domain of mail address abc_ERASE_@def.org
is def.org. You can not use a domain address as a mail
- You need an ISP (Internet Service Provider) to provide DNS
(Domain Name Server) services, basically announcing to
enquirers where on the Internet your computer is to be
- The ISP can also provide virtual domain hosting for mail
& web, if you don't have a dedicated Internet computer
configured to work in server mode (note an end-user system
configured to run under DOS or MS-Windows etc, that is Not a
dedicated Internet server system)
- Scared Off ? Don't understand enough ? Want to learn
more before going further ? Go to my Web
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- Rather than pay direct, You can also have an ISP (Internet Service Provider) do it for
USA: $ 70 US for 2 Years, then $ ?50 per year. http://www.internic.net
easynames.com @ 1.2001
reported by Lawrence as #22 sterling for 2 years
From: Hostmaster hostmast_ERASE_@internic.net
Date: Mon, 22 May 1995 18:52:43 +0200
Currently our registration templates are available via anonymous FTP
from RS.INTERNIC.NET (188.8.131.52). They are located under a subdirectory
called "templates". The file you will issue the get command on is
The template contains the necessary instructions for completing the
application and where to submit it for processing.
There is a document, RFC 1591, that explains the rules to follow when
registering domains. You can FTP to DS.INTERNIC.NET and download
"rfc1591.txt". The file is located under a subdirectory called "rfc".
You can only get this file through ftp from ds.internic.net.
If we can be of further assistance, please advise.
InterNIC Registration Services
European equivalent of internic.
- Network Solutions NSI/Verisign's plan to take abandoned
domains an auction them off
- UK: 100 Pounds for 2 years then #50 per year.
- "http://www.denic.de BRD
(Germany): DM ? for 2 years then DM ? per year.
Tucows OpenSRS (from memory) I've only ever contacted them by
email, and always received a response within 20mins. Posted
by Nick Slager nicks_ERASE_@albury.net.au
- So far I like DirectNIC.com Only $15/year and
their customer service has been pretty helpful, even to someone
like me who did it for the first time. Posted by Omar
- I've had reasonably good success using register.com Posted by Archie
- I'm using TUCOWS OpenSRS system for our registrations.
They've been very reliable, and you just basically execute perl
scripts that add it to their system, and deduct from the amount
of pre- purchased credits on your accts. Domains are only
$10/year, but you do need to buy in a larger bulk. Posted by
Phillip Salzman phill_ERASE_@freebsd.org
- http://gandi.net/ 12 euros per year an ICANN. Accredited
registrar for .COM, .NET and .ORG domain names.
- http://www.worldnic.com I (jhs)
am not sure if this is a neutral body or a "for profit"
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- mailbank.com A cheap
domain sharing & email forwarding scheme, so that you do
not own a domain exclusively, but they do, & they pay the
registration costs, thus fred_ERASE_@smith.com could forward to
someone in England & jane_ERASE_@smith.com might go to
someone in Peru, Fred & Jane not being related by family or
company, or eve aware the other exists.
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- These sorts of things come free, as a side effect of
working on a public domain software project. Why not contribute
your efforts to the public good ? Projects such as FreeBSD & XFree86
& FSF need volunteer helpers, not only to write code, but
to write & maintain docs & FAQs etc. Get active in a
public project, & you'll soon end up with such
- You can get free (paid by advertising) email addresses from
lots of companies, Beware some companies will sell your address
to many 3rd party junk mailers.
Registrar Selection Criteria:
There's more than just annual fee to consider.
A few criteria:
- To quote: http://www.totalregistrations.com/support/faq.html#1
Please note that in addition to the authorisation for
transfer required by Total Registrations, two of our
competitor registrars also require authorisation for a
transfer away from their company. They will contact the
administrative contact on record for the domain via email
and request that the administrative contact authorise the
transfer away from their registrar. If no authorisation
is received from the admin contact within the permitted
response time, the transfer will be automatically
"nacked" and the transfer will not complete to Total
I wish I knew who those more retentive registrars
are. - I like the sound of it.
- Does your registrar have a web interface that allows you
to change Server names ?
Does your registrar have a web interface that allows you to
change Server IP number while retaining same old name ?
- Is there an automated system for mass conversion of all
domains to new server names & / or numbers (via web or
mail or both ) ?
- Horrendous charges if you miss renewal date ?
- MORE WHEN I HAVE TIME TO TYPE IN.