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This full service area is here for you to get all the information you need. To register or transfer your domain name to us.

Select a question and click on it ,  to  learn more about Domain Names:

What is a domain name?
Are there more options than just the .com domain extension?
How do I get my own domain name?
Who owns the domain name I register ?
What is the policy on trademarks?
How long does domain name registration take?
How can I tell if my domain name is active with ?
Can I get a domain like "anything.domain.com?"
How do I set up a pointer domain?
How do I park a domain for free?
how can I point my domain from Register.com to ?

 

What is a domain name?
A domain name is an address given to an organization or other entity on the Internet. For example, the domain name "www.yahoo.com" locates an Internet address for "yahoo.com" linked to numerical addresses (IP addresses) 204.71.200.245 and 204.71.200.243, physical points on the Internet, and a particular host server named "www." Domain Name Servers (DNS) are used throughout the Internet to translate domain names into their respective IP address. The .com part of the domain shows the type of organization or entity (in the above
example, "commercial") and is called the top-level domain name. The "yahoo" part of the domain name defines the organization or entity and together with the top-level is called the second-level domain name. The third-level of a domain typically identifies the host server at an Internet address. In the above example, "www" is the name of the server that manages World Wide Web requests. However, a third-level of a domain is not required, because in "yahoo.com" the host server is assumed to be "www." A domain with the first, second, and third-levels together is
called a fully-qualified domain name. You may have also seen sub domains on the Internet, which replace the "www" with another name, like "shopping.yahoo.com." Second-level domains are unique on the Internet and are registered with an ICANN-accredited registrar for the .com, .net, .org, .edu, .mil, and .gov top-level domains. In some cases, a top-level domain can be named after a geographic location. At this time, many non-U.S. domain names use a top-level domain name based on the country the Domain Registrar is in. See a complete list of country codes.

More than one domain name can be mapped to the same Internet address. This allows for multiple individuals, businesses, and organizations to have separate Internet identities while sharing the same web server. Learn more about virtual hosting in our FAQ.

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Are there more options than just the .com domain extension? Yes, there are many extensions, or top-level domains available for you to choose from for your domain name. The main U.S. top-level domains are .com, .net, .org, .edu, .mil, and .gov. The first three are open to the public, whereas the last three you must prove the domain is for an educational, military, or government organization before you can obtain it. The U.S. also has top-level domains for each state, such as .ga. us. And, Internationally there are hundreds of countries that have their own
Domain Registrar that will allow you to have a country code at the end of your domain name.

Here is a  link to help you find the top-level domain that is best for you and your business:

http://www.registrar4less.com

When you've chosen a domain, you can park it on our name servers for free or specify your own name servers when registering your domain name

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How do I get my own domain name? 
If you have your eye on an available .com, .net, or .org address all you have to do is either park the domain or set up hosting with us and we will submit the registration information for you. Once we have done that your domain is pointed to tour name servers our name servers will then point it to your site once you are ready to set up your hosting. This process takes an average from 3 to 5 business days for new domain names. For all other top-level domains, you will want to contact our
Sales Team for Domain Name Server (DNS) IP addresses and names, so that you may register your domain and have it point to our DNS. Once the domain is registered, you would want to let our Sales Team know so that they may proceed with provisioning your hosting account. 

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Who owns the domain names ?
You or your organization owns the domain name that you register with us or any Domain Registrar. What this means is that you are responsible for notifying your Domain Registrar when any of your contact information changes, as well as pay the renewal fee each time it is due. You are also responsible for transferring your domain name if you decide to move it to another host.

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What is the policy on trademarks?
In the event of a trademark conflict over your domain name, your web address will continue to be yours unless:

a) A court of law decides that your web address registration infringes on someone else's trademark rights.

b) You agree to turn the name over to the trademark holder.

If you are interested in trade marking your name or logo, you will want to consult with an intellectual property attorney and contact the government agency in your country that issues trademarks.

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How long does domain name registration take?
When registering a domain name  through us, it normally will be up
and running within 3 to 5 business days. If you are transferring a domain from another host to us it can take longer than 5 days. This is a result of the contact information not being up to date on the domain record when its owner attempts to move it and is therefore not receiving the "ACK" or acknowledge email from Network Solutions necessary to move the domain. We have seen domains get transferred within 3 to 5 days, whereas some take weeks. If you are planning on transferring your domain, check to make sure that your contact information is up-to-date.

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How can I tell if my domain name is active?

Your domain name is active with us within 24 to 48 hours of registering or transferring the domain to our Domain Name Servers (DNS). 

If your whois comes back with all of your registrant information, including our DNS located at the bottom of the record, then it is registered and pointing to us. (You should see "NS.VDSHOST.NET" under Domain Servers in the record). You can find out the date your record was created as well as the date the record was last modified just above the Domain Servers. Below that you will also find out the last time the database was updated, which is usually nightly.

If it has been more than 5 business days, you will want to inform our Sales Team or Technical Support department so that they can help you investigate the source of the problem.

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Can I get a domain like "anything.domain.com?"

Yes. You can have as many sub domains as you'd like, as long as you own the other part (the domain.com part) of the domain and it is hosted on our name server. We charges a flat fee of $25.00 per sub domain and will automatically point the sub domain to the root level of your hosting account, unless if you purchase an additional hosting account to host it separately. (Sub domains already in use on your account are ftp., mail., pop., smtp., and www.)

Example One: 
You host yourdomain.com with us. You want to set up shop.yourdomain.com but do not want to purchase a separate account for that domain. You pay $25.00 and have both domains pointed to the root level of an individual hosting account. 

Example Two:
You want yourdomain.com and shop.yourdomain.com to load two different home pages, you would pay $25 to have shop.yourdomain.com  setup and then two monthly fees for the two separate hosting accounts.

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How do I set up a pointer domain?

To have more than one domain name point to your hosting account with us, you would need to have "pointer" domains set up. Basically this means  yourdomains.com and mydomain.com can all point to the same hosting location. Each pointer domain costs a one-time fee of $25.00 to cover the cost of setting up the pointing. Contact our Sales Team to get a pointer setup.

Please note however, that the email accounts that come with your account will only operate under one of these domain names. You will want to let us know which of your domains you want your email to be set up under. If you must get email sent to pointer domains, you will
need to select a email hosting company to host this email and provide us with the IP of the email server at that host, for us to set up DNS. (Or, you can co-locate or dedicate an email server here. Write to our Sales Team for more information).

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How do I park a domain for free?
Your domain is parked free when you use http://registrar4less.com  to register your new domain or transfer your domin.

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How can I point my domain from Register.com 

Register.com requires that you give them the primary and secondary DNS address in order to effectively point a domain to us. The addresses they are looking for are as follows:

ns.vdshost.net
ns2.vdshost.net

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