What Is A Domain Extension?

If you are like many people who use the Internet for business, you have probably wondered how to get your own domain extension. There are many reasons why you would want to get your own domain extension. For one, if you want to develop your own website, you will need an excellent domain name, and having a custom extension can help make it look more, well, custom. There are many different services that you can use to purchase a domain name. The prices for buying a domain-name may vary slightly from provider to provider, depending on any benefits or extras that you get added on. For example, some domain registrars have a deal where you can obtain your own domain plus hosting for a reasonable price. Others may sell just the domain name and you are responsible to obtain your own hosting service. It is important to note that when we talk about domain extensions, we are referring to the ".com" of the domain name, and not the domain itself.

Domain extensions, such as .edu and .com are currently regulated by the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names And Numbers (ICANN). At the time of this writing, we are unable to create a custom domain extension, as this is restricted. Think about it, though, wouldn't it be awesome if you could create your own custom domain extension (otherwise known as a top level domain, or a TLD) to enhance your domain name? Despite this unfortunate restriction, there are still tons of things that you can do to help enhance your online presence, without a custom top level domain.

For starters, having your own domain name looks professional and is great for search engines. It shows that your website is important to you and that you were willing to pay for the privilege of customizing your own website name. It is also a great way to enhance your search engine optimization process, by choosing a website name that is relevant to your website content and uses popular keywords. This can help you increase your traffic organically, which is the best type of traffic to have. Organic traffic takes some time to build up, but once you have it, it will be there to benefit you for good. It's a whole lot better than non-organic traffic that tends to wax and wane over time.

One of the main reasons the people want to know how to get your own domain-name is because they want a custom e-mail address. This is pretty much a must for those who run their own website. In order to do this, all you need to do is choose what you want in front of the @ sign, and create your own custom e-mail address. This adds an authorative touch to any business that you use e-mail with. It will also cut down on advertising and spam that you may be accustomed to getting from your already existing free e-mail accounts. Most registrars will allow you to choose several different e-mail addresses all with the same domain name at the end of them. This will allow you to have different mailboxes in different departments for customer service.

All you need to do is pick a domain registrar of your choosing, and verified whether the domain extension that you want is available. If it is, you will be able to register in order that domain name. Once you have completed the registration process, the domain name is yours to keep as long as you continue to pay for it. Keep in mind that any e-mail accounts that you use with your custom domain extension are directly linked to the domain that you have purchased. This means that if you allow the domain to expire, so will your e-mail addresses and any data that is attached to them.

Give it some time; I'm sure it won't be long before we are allowed to register our own custom domain extension, right along with a new domain name. The Internet has evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years and doesn't show any signs of slowing down anytime in the near future. As always, everything has a price.

Custom Domain Extension

ICANN currently controls all domain extensions.