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Getting Started - Domain Names

A domain name is the name people type in their web browsers to visit your site, or use in their e-mail program to send you an e-mail.

For example, Google, the popular search engine, use the domain names and (and others).  google is the prefix they chose, while .com and are known as top level domains, or TLDs.

Your domain name may use any prefix that consists of the characters a to z, 0 to 9 and hyphen (-), but you must suffix it with one of the top level domains, of which there are many (see for a full list of TLDs).

Different TLDs cost different amounts to register your prefix with.  See the following list for the most common TLDs and the price we charge for registration:

  • .com - £10 per year stands for "company (international)"
  • - £10 per 2 years stands for "UK company"
  • - £10 per 2 years stands for "UK individual"
  • - £10 per 2 years stands for "UK organisation"
  • .org - £10 per year stands for "organisation (international)"
  • .net - £10 per year stands for "network (international)"
  • .biz - £10 per year stands for "business (international)"

So, for example, would cost £10 to register for 2 years.  As the 2 years come to an end, we would notify you that it needs renewing.

Your domain name must also be unique (it must not be already registered by someone else).  You can check whether a domain name is available with our domain checker.

Please feel free to e-mail us if you have any questions about what TLD to use, or about pricing.

When you have chosen a domain name that is available, you are ready to continue.

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