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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).
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Charge Money for DNS (Domain Name Service), & options such
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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 Technology page
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- Rather than pay direct, You can also have an ISP (Internet Service Provider) do it
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 (126.96.36.199). 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.
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 Thameen omar_ERASE@clifford.inch.com
- 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
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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
& 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
- 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 Registrations.
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.