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Getting Your Own Domain Name

For your company to have a presence on the Internet, you need a domain name. The domain name is the friendly name that is used to locate your Web site or FTP site and to label e-mail messages to or from your domain. Domain names can often be procured for you by your ISP (and this works well in cases where the ISP will also host your domain). Alternatively, you can apply for your domain name yourself.

You apply for domain names that end in .com, .org, or .net by contacting a domain name registration provider (sites ending in two-letter country codes are handled by other providers). For example, the InterNIC Domain Services, a registration provider at http://internicdomainservices.com, can be used to register your domain name (this is just one of many providers and is only being used as an example, not as a recommendation). InterNIC Domain Services also supplies a search engine you can use to determine whether the domain name you wish to use is already taken. For example, I searched for Habraken.com and found that the domain was already taken, as shown in Figure 12.1.


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