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Domain Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why do I need a domain name?
  2. What is a domain name?
  3. How long can a domain name be?
  4. What characters can I use in a domain?
  5. Once you buy a domain, do you own it forever?
  6. How can I tell if a domain is available?
  7. What if the domain I want is already taken?
  8. Can I register a domain, and then hold it until I am ready to use it?
  9. What is a Top Level Domain (TLD)?
  10. What do I need in order to register a domain name?
  11. How long does MICROLINQ registration process take?
  12. What methods of payment does MICROLINQ accept?
  13. What can I do with my domain name once it is registered?
  14. What is a URL?
  15. What is a DNS?
  16. How do I renew my domain registration?
  17. How do I modify an existing domain name record?
  18. How do I change my domain name server (DNS) information?
  19. When I register my domain name with MICROLINQ, who actually owns it?
  20. How much does it cost to register a domain name?
  21. What do .com, .net and .org stand for in an Internet address?
  22. What is Free Parking?
  23. What is the WhoIs search?
  24. Are .com, .net and .org my only choices when registering a domain name?
  25. Why does my newly registered domain name show up as "available" on another registrars' WhoIs search?
  26. How do I transfer from my current Registrar to MICROLINQ?
  27. .US FAQ's

Why do I need a domain name?
A domain name provides your friends, clients and customers with a quick and easy way to find you on the Internet. A domain name is unique - like a fingerprint or a zebra's stripes. Nobody else can have the same name as you. Your domain name distinguishes your web site from all others and allows you to create a permanent and professional presence on the Internet.
Registering a domain name with MICROLINQ is your first step in establishing an identity on the World Wide Web. With your own domain name, your web address can be:
www.yourname.com
instead of:
www.yourinternetserviceprovider.com/yourname
Similarly, your email address can be:
yourname@yourcompany.com
rather than:
yourname@yourserviceprovider.com
This is crucial in a world where efficiency and first impressions are so important.
Good domain names, ones that reflect the significance or essence of a web site, are invaluable assets to a company or individual. For this reason, these names are disappearing quickly. You can, however, reserve yours now, even if you do not have an existing web or e-commerce site. Allow MICROLINQ to show you how easy and fun this can be. Top

What is a domain name?
Answer: A domain name is a method of remembering specific web sites on the internet, usually a word or phrase that brings to mind one's person, business, service or product. Once a person or company pays the fees associated with registering a domain name, they "own" the domain until they give or sell it to someone else, or until they fail to pay the maintenance fee that is require after the initial registration period.Top

How long can a domain name be?
Until the Fall of 1999, a domain name was limited to 22 characters, but the rules have changed to allow domains with 63 characters.Top

What characters can I use in a domain?
You are limited to using alpha-numeric characters, and the hyphen (and the hyphen can't be the first or last character of the domain).Top

Once you buy a domain, do you own it forever?
No, you are basically "renting" the domain. MICROLINQ offers domain registration in 2,5, and 10 year increments. Please see our domain pricing area for details.Top

How can I tell if a domain is available?
Use any of the popular whois tools that are available, such as the one present on the MICROLINQ domain search page. Top

What if the domain I want is already taken?
Unless the domain owner is in violation of your current copyright or trademark, then you have no choice but to offer to purchase the domain from the owner, and failing that, find a different domain name. MICROLINQ can assist you with contacting the registered owner.Top

Can I register a domain, and then hold it until I am ready to use it?
Yes, MICROLINQ offers domain registration, and FREE domain parking. You can park your domain on our servers for as long as you like at no charge until you are ready to use your domain or develop a website. When you register your domain with MICROLINQ you will have a username and password which you can use to make changes to your domain contact records at any time. You will own the domain, and you can transfer it to another hosting company at any time with no charge from MICROLINQ.Top

What is a Top Level Domain (TLD)?
A top level domain (TLD) is the suffix that is attached to the end of a domain name. For instance, in the domain name mybrand.com, ".com" is the TLD.
There are two types of top-level domains: global and country code. Global Top Level Domains (gTLD) were created to be used by the Internet public, while country code Top Level Domains (ccTLD) were created to be used by each individual country, as they deem necessary.
The global Top Level Domains are as follows:
.com
.net
.org
.biz
.info
.us
.edu
.mil
.gov Top

What do I need in order to register a domain name?
To register a domain name with MICROLINQ, you only need to specify the Contact Information and credit card billing information associated with your domain name. You do not need to specify a NIC handle, DNS server information or an IP Address; MICROLINQ will supply default DNS and IP Information for your domain name during the registration process, which can be edited at any time after the registration is complete. You can change your DNS at any time after registration.Top

How long does MICROLINQ registration process take?
MICROLINQ's registration process should only take a few minutes to complete. .com, .net and .org domain names registered through MICROLINQ may take up to 72 hours, which is considered normal Internet propagation time, until they are accessible.Top

What methods of payment does MICROLINQ accept?
A valid MasterCard, Visa, check, or money order is currently the only means of payment accepted. Top

What can I do with my domain name once it is registered?
You can use your newly registered domain name to sign up for Email Services, Web Hosting services, register Domain Name Servers or create a name for an email server. Alternatively, you are not required to do anything with your domain name. Top

What is a URL?
URL stands for Universal Resource Locator and is a unique identifier for your web address. Your URL contains your domain name. An example of a URL is http://www.your-domain-name.com.
No two web sites can have the same URL. Whoever registers a domain name first gets to use it in their URL. This is why it is important to register your domain name before someone else does. Top

What is a DNS?
DNS stands for Domain Name Server (also referred to as Domain Name Service or Domain Name System). A DNS translates domain names into IP addresses. If someone wants to access your-domain-name 's web site (www. your-domain-name.com), the DNS translates the domain name into its corresponding IP address 204.174.223.72, allowing the computer to locate your-domain-name's web server.Top

How do I renew my domain registration?
You can renew your domain registration through MICROLINQ. If you are a current customer simply log into your account and follow the instructions. If you are new to MICROLINQ please go to our domain renewal area. Domains can be renewed and extended for periods from 1 to 10 years. Top

How do I modify an existing domain name record?
You can update contact names for administrative contact, billing contact or technical contact, the registrant address, e-mail address, phone number and fax number by logging in to the your account manager. Top

How do I change my domain name server (DNS) information?
If your domain name is registered through MICROLINQ, you can login to your account manager to modify the name server information for your domain name at any time. Top

When I register my domain name with MICROLINQ, who actually owns it?
Unlike some Registrars, when you register your domain name with MICROLINQ, the Registrant that you listed on the order form is considered the legal holder of the domain name for the duration of the current registration term. MICROLINQ has no interest in owning your domain name(s). If we wanted them, we would have registered them already! Top

How much does it cost to register a domain name?
Please see our Pricing Information page for our competitive rates. Top

What do .com, .net and .org stand for in an Internet address?
These three top-level domain (TLD) extensions, .com, .net and .org, are the most popular and most widely recognized on the Internet. The .com and .net extensions are generally preferred for business and personal purposes while .org is used for non-profit organizations. Often a domain name is registered with all three extensions to prevent confusion and maintain exclusivity. Through MICROLINQ, you can register any valid, available domain name with any or all of the five top-level domain extensions, including the new .biz, and .info. There are no restrictions. Top

What is Free Parking?
Domain names registered through MICROLINQ will automatically reside, free of charge, on our name server. Top

What is the WhoIs search?
A WhoIs search provides information about the registrant of a particular domain. Top

Are .com, .net and .org my only choices when registering a domain name?
No, MICROLINQ currently registers domain names ending in .com, .net or .org, .biz, , .info and .us.. We will offer other extensions in the future as they become more widely used on the Internet. Top

Why does my newly registered domain name show up as "available" on another registrars' WhoIs search?
Once your name is registered with MICROLINQ, it can take up to 48 hours for your information to be posted on the WhoIs search. Top

How do I transfer from my current Registrar to MICROLINQ?
Transfer your domain to MICROLINQ using our automated Registrar Transfer Form and take advantage of our outstanding service.Top


 
   
 
   
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