Registration of website domain names can be done through the registrar, a website design or a good web hosting company. A local registrar will allow people to register the local domain, for instance .co.za for South Africa and large International companies will give options for people and companies to register a wide choice of extensions such as .com or .net or .info. Also called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) names are really a human friendly identity of a given address. For instance, it is a lot easier to remember www.yourwebsite.com than it is to remember an IP address such as 188.8.131.52.
Applying for the registration of website domain names is a simple process which requires filling out a few personal or business details by the applicant and submitting the form to a registrar. The .co.za addresses in SA are charged for at a yearly rate but some web hosting companies allow you to register addresses such as .com for 3 or 5 years in advance. The address can be ‘parked’ on a cheap hosting package or used for business or personal use which means the owner will need to pay hosting fees to rent space on the web for a website or blog.
Think of it like this, your hosting package is sort of like your plot or piece of land on the Internet, space that you pay to use and your website is like the house that you build on that land. The right kind of URL should be chosen for a business in order to do well in the search engines, it is advisable if possible to use one or two keywords in the name. For example, if your business is called ‘Joe’s Auto’s’ and you sell second hand cars in South Africa, then a web address such as www.secondhandcars.co.za will do your business a lot more good in the search engines than the URL www.joesautos.co.za. With a little learning and research you will soon understand the process and how easy the registration of website domain names actually is.