Sunday, May 1, 2011

Registering a Domain Name - May 1, 2011

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer -- a name or a number (Internet Protocol or "IP" address). That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. By assigning a "domain name" to our family IP addresses, we will have web sites accessible to Internet users around the world, as well as a familiar device that is easier to remember.

Why is this important? For many people, Internet addresses are more memorable than phone numbers. Having a familiar name will make it easier for our family to find and connect on the Internet. We're looking for domain names that we can register for our public web sites on September 1, 2011.

Now for the mechanics. To register our unique identifier with ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), our domain name must be both unique, and available (meaning no prior or pending ICANN registrations). If possible, please use an accredited domain name registrar like www.godaddy.com to make online domain name searches and use our Contact form to suggest a site name. Domain registrations have fees, but in most cases, searches are FREE!

What do you want to name our web site? Send suggestions via Email the author below.

Links updated June 6, 2012
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