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GETTING STARTED WITH DOMAIN NAMES:
Chances are you spend a lot of time online. In fact, Canadians spend more time on the Internet than any other nation 1. Yep, even more than our pals to
All of this browsing has probably made you think about getting your own domain name and building a website.
Many people aspire to start their own blog, create a website, manage an online store, and even post their resume – but they don’t know where or how to get started.
If you have an idea and want to get online, registering your domain name is a great place to start. We know that this process may feel confusing, but don’t worry,
this blog series will teach you everything you need to know about registering a domain name, one step at a time.
What exactly is a domain name?
Helpful-to-know terms from the domain. A domain name is an easy to remember name that translates into an Internet Protocol (IP) address. You type a unique string of numbers, letters, and hyphens into a web browser (like Chrome or Safari), and bam, you are connected to the website you were looking for.It’s kind of like how if you’re trying to text your friend Pierre, it’s more practical and memorable to find him in your contact list than to remember the 9 digits in his phone number.
Registrant: An individual that registers a domain name for personal or business use.
Registrar: A company through which you register, pay
Registry: The entity that’s tasked with maintaining the integrity of a top-level domain (more on those later).
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the Registry for the .CA domain. As a not-for-profit organization we also help build a better online Canada