What is a Domain Name?
Call it a "dot-com name," a URL or whatever you choose to call it, a domain name is the part of a network address that identifies it as belonging to a particular domain. In essence, it's the cornerstone of your online presence.
What is DNS?
DNS stands for "domain name server." A domain name server is the computer (or one of several) that "serves" requests for your Web site or email address. Think of a DNS as the battery for your domain name. The more powerful the DNS, the more likely people will be able to see your site, send you email, etc. If the DNS isn't strong enough, people may have trouble reaching you.
What is the Importance of a Domain Name?
There are a number of good reasons for having a domain name:

If you ever change your web host, your domain name goes with you. Your regular visitors or customers who knew your site name as www.yourname.com (for example) would not have to be informed about a change of web address (also known as "URL"). They would simply type your domain name and they'd be brought to your new site.

If you are a business, a domain name gives you credibility. Few people will be willing to do business with a company that does not have its own domain name.

If you get a domain name that describes your company's business or name, people can remember the name easily and can return to your site without having to consult their documents. In fact, if you get a good name that describes your product or service, you might even get people who were trying their luck by typing "www.yourproductname.com" in their browser.

If you want good sponsors (advertisers) for your website, a domain name is usually helpful. It tends to give your website an aura of respectability.

and we make getting one easy. Simply enter the name you want in the search field provided above, and we'll tell you instantly whether the name is available. If it's available, you pay a single fee that is renewable every year, and the name is yours.

Getting a domain name involves registering the name you want with an organization called ICANN through a domain name registrar. For example, if you choose a name like "example.com", you will have to go to a registrar, pay a registration fee that costs around US$10 to US$40 for that name. That will give you the right to the name for a year, and you will have to renew it annually for (usually) the same amount per annum. If you want to purchase a domain, simply click the green button above.
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Let Your Online Visitors Know You're The Real Deal!

Thanks to phishing, pharming, and a long list of other scams, Web visitors grow more wary by the day. But there is something you can do to reassure them you're one of the good guys: Put a Certified Domain validation seal on your website.

Distinctive seal displayed on your website and WhoIsWho listing shows visitors and potential customers that you are the legal originator of your domain name.
The validation process is simple and can generally be completed in 10 minutes, with the Certified Domain seal issued to your site within 1 business day.
Our Certified Domain seal is dynamic - difficult to forge!

What is a Certified Domain?
A Certified Domain lets people know that we have formally certified the domain's registration. A Certified Domain provides visible evidence (in the form of the Domain Origination Certified seal) that a domain has been validated and its registrant's credentials have been verified. For this reason a Certified Domain is useful to owners of business websites and other sites that offer transactions and other activities of a sensitive nature. All site owners, however, can improve their site's legitimacy and trustworthiness by displaying the Domain Origination Certified seal.

Adding a Certified Domain validation seal to existing domains
You can add domain certification to your domain in one of 3 ways:

1. Certified Domain can be purchased directly through our main menu. When you purchase this service directly, you are asked for the domain name (whether already registered or a new registration) for which the certification will be requested. When you complete the purchase, we automatically issue a request for validation of the domain and the certification process is on its way.

2. From the Domain Manager, you can upgrade an existing domain to include domain certification.
You can apply a previously-purchased domain certification credit to a domain that you currently have registered with us. To use a previously-purchased domain certification credit and request a certificate:

3. Log in to your Account Manager.
Click Certified Domains.
Click Setup Account next to the New Account you want to use.
In the Domain field, enter the domain name you want to certify.
Click OK twice to complete the request.
Regardless of the method used to request domain certification, the verification process starts immediately. For the next step in the certification process, see What is the Certified Domain authorization and validation process?.

Read more on Certified Domains.

Certified Domains do not include encryption for site data and transactions.

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