A domain name is a name that you reserve the right to use for a fixed period of time, typically 1 to 10 years.
A domain name may be registered as a placeholder to protect intellectual property or be used in conjunction with web services such as
website hosting, email or DNS services.
All domain names are registered with a "registrar", which charges a registration fee to keep track of your registration record.The registrstion record serves 3 purposes:
1. It holds the registration date and expiration date. (Fees charged and notices sent based on those dates.)
2. The record contains all related contacts involved in the use of the domain and their respective names, addresses and emails.
3. The registration record allows you to point the domain to a website or webhost. (The website or webhost must be configured to work with the domain.)
When you register your domain, keep in mind that all the following rules apply:
1. Domain names are comprised of one string of letters, numbers and may include a dash or hyphen. No spaces are allowed.
2. Domain names are all lower case. (If you see mixed case domain names anywhere else, it is just for readability.)
3. "Privacy" or "Domain Protect", is a service privided by your domain registrar. It is not part of the domain registration record.