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Domain Name - Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to commonly asked questions about our domain name registration..
How can I determine whether the name I want is available?
How are you able to register domain names?
What does "Whois" refer to?
What does it mean to have a domain name registered?
What does a Registrant refer to?
What are the differences among, parking, reserving and registering?
What are DNS Servers?
What is a domain name?

How can I determine whether the domain name I want is available?

Verrex will handle every aspect of domain name registration. You provide us with your choice of domain name and we will check to see if it is available. If the domain name you want is already in Whois' database, your query will return a listing including information about the organization that holds the name. If it is not in the database the answer returned will be: Domain name available.

How is Verrex able to register domain names?

Verrex Communications Inc. is an official reseller for Tucows Inc.
Accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in April 1999, Tucows is the largest wholesale domain name registrar in the world, offering domain name services for generic top-level domains (gTLDs) including .com, .net and .org, .info, .biz and .name; and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) such as .us, .de, .cn, .ca and .uk.

What does "Whois" refer to?

A searchable database maintained by InterNIC, which contains information about networks, networking organizations, domain names, and the contacts associated with them for the com, org, net, edu, and ISO 3166 country code top level domains. Also, the protocol, or set of rules, that describes the application used to access the database. Other organizations have implemented the Whois protocol and maintain separate and distinct Whois databases for their respective domains.
What does it mean to have a domain name registered?
Registration involves assigning the following three elements to a newly created domain name: (1) ownership; (2) agents to act on behalf of the owner; and (3) a "location" for the domain name within the internet system so that other internet users can find it. The owner is referred to as the "registrant" and the agents are called "contacts", as they represent the point of contact for resolving administrative issues ("administrative contact"), billing/renewal issues ("billing contact"), and technical issues ("technical contact").

What does a Registrant refer to?

The individual or organization that registers a specific domain name with Verrex. This individual or organization holds the right to use that specific domain name for a specified period of time, provided certain conditions are met and the registration fees are paid. This person or organization is the "legal entity" bound by the terms of the Domain Name Registration Agreement.

What are the differences among "parking," "reserving," and "registering" names?
Registering a domain name means that you or your organization becomes the legal holder/owner of the domain name, and that you designate an administrative contact of your choice. Once registered, the domain is typically associated with an active website.

In general, to park or to reserve is analogous to registering a domain name. However, typically, the domain would NOT be immediately associated with an active website. Instead, the agent that is providing you the service would also provide a static "under construction page" to be associated with the domain. We use these terms to indicate that you would be the registrant and billing contact, while we would be the designated administrative and technical contacts. Thus, the domain names would be "reserved" or "parked" with us until such a time that you wish to activate or sell the domain.
DNS servers are what actually makes a domain name work. By work I mean that they convert a text label to the information like IP addresses that the Internet is based on. (See 'What is a domain name'.) This is not to say that they handle e-mail, or serve web pages. Instead they direct web surfers and e-mail messages to the correct computers.

What is a domain name?

A domain is your address on the Internet. www.yourcompany.???. A domain name is the address that your website will reside at. Its what you'll tell everyone when they ask you if you have a website, its what you print on all your business cards, letterheads and advertisements. With this in mind you want to make sure your domain name is easy to remember, and is close to your business name. We will first check to see if your choice of domain name is available in the dot com domain,

If your choice is available, we will register it for your website. If not, we will check for variations of domain name requested until you decide what name you want. You can register multiple domains to point at the one website, so just to be safe you can register both the dot com and dot ca versions. Even if you don't want to setup a website straight away, it is a good idea to register your domain name NOW, as it is a matter of first in first served.

Every country uses an abbreviation on the end of their domain names. In Canada, we use .ca, In United States they use .us Australia they use .au, in New Zealand they use .nz etc.

Explanation most of the domain extensions

.ca Most popular Canadian domain name. The domain can be a derivative of a registered Canadian business name.
.com The most popular domain extension. 'com' represents the word "commercial," and is the most widely used extension in the world. Most businesses prefer a .com domain name because it is a highly recognized symbol for having a business presence on the Internet.
.net represents the word "network," and is most commonly used by Internet service providers, Web-hosting companies or other businesses that are directly involved in the infrastructure of the Internet. Additionally, some businesses choose domain names with a .net extension.
.org Supposed to be used by non profit organisations, or sites that aren't directly related to a business, although there is no restriction on what type of business can register a .org domain name.
.us Most popular United States domain name, and is the newest extension. It has the largest amount of available names in inventory.
.info Is for credible resource Web sites and signifies a "resource" web site. It's the most popular extension beyond .com, .net and .org.
.biz Is used for small business Web sites.
.tv This is for rich content/multi-media Web sites, commonly used within the entertainment or media industry.
We can register your domain name . If you have any questions regarding a domain name, please do not hesitate to contact us at: 416 638 2736 and speak with any of our friendly sales representatives. We are standing by to help answer your questions. Get On - Be Seen


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