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A domain name is a name that you reserve the right to use inconjunction with web servervices for a fixed period of time. Miminum registration is one year, maximum ia usually 10 years. You register your domain with a "registrar" which charges a registration fee to keep track of your registration record. which comtains your registration date, expiration, name, address, phone, email and where your domain is pointed and they will offer a wide range of other domain related serverices.

** Domain names are all lower case. If you see mixed case domain in links or on billboeards, that's just for readability.

** Domain names are comprised of one string of letters, numbers and may include a dash or hyphen.

Once your connect your domain to your site or host, you may also "map" or add sub-domains, like
To connect your domain name to your website, you must point it by setting the nameservers. If you do not know your nameservers, you can obtain them by contacting DotMeBaby support.

(a) Log into your account
(b) Click "Domains"
(c) Click the domain name you want to point
(d) Click the "Nameservers" button
(e) Enter the proper nameservers, then click "Change Nameservers"

Typically, nameservers look like this:
Registering a domain name has no legal precedent. In other words, just because you have registered a domain, it does not mean you have legal rights to the name. New companies or entities typically file for trademarks or copyrights before or around the same time they register their domains. Most often, they search for a domain and use it for inspiration for their brand. Others establish a brand first, then acquire a domain at auction. It is illegal to operate a website that uses a domain name that is similar or conflicts with an established brand and that may confuse or divert business from said entity. Be very thorough when creating a new company or entity as to not infringe on other intellectual property.
If you are a business or individual, always try to register you full legal name. Next, if your legal name is very long or hard to spell and if you are going to have your own email addresses, try to register the "short version" or nickname of your business to make your email addresses easier to type and remember. If your name is commonly misspelled, then you may want to register a few of the most common misspellings and forward those domains to your website so no one loses their way. Even if you haven't built your site yet, it's wise to register your name or brand to keep potential domain re-sellers from capturing your name and holding it for ransom.
When you register your domain, your name address, phone and email address associated with your domain are available on the web. This exposes your information to marketing companies, spammers and anyone who would profit from exploiting or selling your information. If you purchase privacy with your domain, all contact information is hidden from public view.
Email addresses are setup in your hosting control panel or cPanel, under Email. Once you create an email address, you can access it through any web browser using You can also access email using your favorite programs, like Outlook, Apple Mail or Thunderbird by creating an account and using your email account settings, which is detailed in the next section.
Create a new email account using Other as the account type. Here are the most common settings:

Server Type: IMAP
Server Name:
User Name: (your full email address)
Password: (your email password)
Port: 993
Security: SSL
Authentication: Normal Password

Outgoing settings are the same except the Port, which is either 465 or 587.
In your cPanel, under Email > Auto-Respoders, you can setup an automated message with a pre-designated atart and end date for your email address. You will still recieve your email but senders will be notified when they send you email.
In your cPanel, under Forwarders, you can forward copies of your email to any address.

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