Domain Name Registration
Many people do not realise that there is a difference between simply REGISTERING a website address (aka domain name) and HOSTING the website.
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name, like www.attollosolutions.com, is a lot like a street address for a house or business. Let’s use the White House as an example. The street address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is an exact location — like an IP address.
You might not know the exact street address, but when you visit Washington, D.C., you can tell your cabbie that you want to visit the White House and still get there. This is how a domain name is used: It’s an easy way to reach the exact location of a website without having to remember its numeric address.
A domain name consists of, at least, a top-level and a second-level domain. 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.
Many domains, also called extensions, can be registered by anyone, like .com, .net, and .org. A second-level domain (SLD) is the portion of the domain name that is located immediately to the left of the dot and domain name extension. For example, the SLD in attollsolutions.com is attollosolutions.
What is the Difference Between a Domain Name and Hosting?
When you register a domain name you buy the rights to it, but you cannot use it without purchasing Hosting or Web Space. Taking the example of the White House in the Domain Name section above, the White House is the Domain Name (or address) and the Hosting or Web Space is the plot of land that the White House Sits on, without Hosting, a domain name is not much use.
We do not offer the option to buy Domain Names directly from us like we do with hosting but we will happily register one for you.
What if you have already purchased a domain name?
If you have already purchased your domain name but want us to host your website, we can still work with it very easily. We just need to make a few adjustments which we will take care of for you.
What if you have already purchased a domain name and hosting?
No problem at all, we can create your website on your own web space.
Examples below are for a one year registration period but domain names can be reserved for longer and will often be cheaper, the longer you register it for.
Examples and approximate price of Top Level Domains (TLD’s)
.co.uk / org . uk / .me.uk £19.99 US$33.99
.com / .uk.com £37.99 US$64.99
.net / .org / .info £43.99 US$74.99
We use a number of different domain registration companies but our favourites are GoDaddy, FastHosts and 123Reg.