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1. What is the difference between domain registration and web hosting?
2. Is there a way to get this domain for free?
3. How can I view my list of domains?
4. Does registering a domain mean I can publish my site right away?
5. Why would I want to get a domain from DreamHost?
6. What types of domains can I register here?
7. Does it matter which kind of domain I register (.com, .net, .org, .info or .la)?
8. Can I change my domain name?
9. Why wouldn't I want a domain?
10. What is a domain name?
11. How can I find out if the domain I want is still available?
12. Why would I want a domain?

 
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Basic conceptual questions about Domainitron.com and doman names in general.

Last updated: Nov 01, 2001.

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Question What is a domain name?
A domain name is the address, or URL, of your website. For example " newdream.net " or " surfstation.lu " or " dreamhost.com ". Every domain is unique across the entire planet and are assigned to ... (more)
Question Why would I want a domain?
HA! That's an EASY one! Permanent address for your site and email. Much more professional than anyothersite.com/you/ or even you.anyothersite.com. Easier for people to remember tha... (more)
Question Why wouldn't I want a domain?
Now that is a good question! We'll try to think of some: Your site is already established at its current long and yucky URL. Everybody already knows your old email address, and you're neve... (more)
Question Why would I want to get a domain from DreamHost?
That's a good question. At their core, every domain registrar out there is offering exactly the same thing.. adding an entry to Network Solution's database for you. There really is no difference in t... (more)
Question  Is there a way to get this domain for free?
YES! (why would we ask, otherwise?) Just by signing up for DreamHost Web Hosting (any of the Crazy Domain Insane, Sweet Dreams, Code Monster, or Strictly Business hosting plans) you get your... (more)
Question What is the difference between domain registration and web hosting?
Registering your domain gives you sole ownership and rights to the name of your site. No one else has access to the actual name of the domain and it is taken off the market. However, just becau... (more)
Question How can I find out if the domain I want is still available?
Just enter your domain in the form at our "Domain > Registration" area, and then click the "Check Availability..." button. If your domain is available, you will be given the option to registe... (more)
Question Can I change my domain name?
No, sorry. That's the nature of domain registration.. once you have registered a domain name it's yours to keep. So be careful to double-check for typos! What you can do of course is just register... (more)
Question Does it matter which kind of domain I register (.com, .net, .org, .info or .la)?
No, you can register any kind of domain. All four of these are "unrestricted" Top-Level Domains, which means they have no restrictions on who can register what domain and for what purpose. In term... (more)
Question Does registering a domain mean I can publish my site right away?
Not just yet, but you're almost there . When you buy a domain you have the sole rights to that name for as long as you registered it for. However, there's a difference between registering a dom... (more)
Question How can I view my list of domains?
Just go to the "Domain > Registration" area and at the bottom you'll see a list of all the domains you have registered through us!
Question What types of domains can I register here?
We can currently register .com , .net , .org , .info and .la domain names.