DNS – Domain Name Service & Registration:-
The Technical Part:
Domain name is what your website/blog is identified with. Basically, a domain is just an address to locate your website.
This address is usually a group of numbers – x.x.x.x – where x is anywhere between 0 to 255. Now, since people find it hard to remember such numbers, we use domain name system which allows a website to have an alphanumeric address that people can remember. When you give that address to your browser, the system converts that address to a machine-understandable form, that group of numbers and take you to that website.
A domain name registrar is a service provider that will have your preferred domain name registered for you at a particular address, for a particular period of time, by charging you a fee.
WHOIS is a protocol which essentially is used for querying databases that store the registered users of an internet resource – in this scenario – the domain name. What it does is, when you search for a website using its domain name, the whois service returns the name, address and details of the person who registered the domain, the website. So, if the details are allowed to be public, when you register a website, a whois search will result in revealing data about you, your registered address, telephone number, email address, etc,. This won’t be a problem if your blog/website is relatively private, limited to only family and friends. But if you are targeting to make it a business, you might wanna protect yourself by keeping your personal details secret. That is where WHOIS PRIVACY comes in.
WHOIS PRIVACY is a service which a domain registrar provides wherein your personal details like address, telephone number, email id are all replaced by the registrar’s details. That way, when someone searches for your website, they will get the information about the domain registrar only.
The Non-Technical Part:
Before I started blogging, before creating this blog, I did thorough research for the cheapest and best domain name registrar available. I was looking at hosting providers and many of the hosting providers likebluehost,dreamhost,ipage, etc., were providing one year free domain registration after which you will have to pay for the service (along with their hosting service fee). But, the free registration doesn’t come with WHOIS Privacy. The WHOIS Privacy from the very first year costs minimum $9.99.
At the end of my research, I narrowed the options down to only one domain registration service provider -> NAMECHEAP
NAMECHEAP has the best possible domain name registration service. They have WHOIS Privacy free for first year. Every year after that the WHOIS Privacy costs about $2.8. The domain registration fee for a year is around $10.6 and if you buy for 3 years, it comes around $10.4 per year. So, at around $12-$14 per annum, it’s the cheapest and the best deal available. While all the other providers’ fee comes somewhere around $20 per annum, inclusive of the privacy option, namecheap provides it for the lowest price with the best quality possible. Also, their tech support is very prompt and awesome in helping us out 24×7.
Check it out – NAMECHEAP Domain Registration
NOTE: Use ‘WGSPECIAL’ in the coupon code to reduce the WHOIS privacy’s price to $0.99 per annum.
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