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Introduction
  • What exactly is a Domain Name?
  • Why should I register a Domain Name?
  • How do I register my Domain Name?
  • Can I choose any Domain Name?
  • How do I check if the Domain Name is available?
  • Where do I find the Application Form?
  • What Information will I need to complete the Form?
  • Can I choose any Domain Name?

    What's in a name? Well, technically, the letters in the alphabet (A - Z) and the numbers (0 - 9) and the hyphen ( - ) may be used and there should be no more than 30 characters in the domain name. The technical limit is 256 characters but we have imposed a practical limit of 30 characters.

    Having said that, however, it is important to remember that the domain name may be used as part of the URL to access your web page or as part of an e-mail address. Whether the domain name is chosen for a Company's presence on the Web or for pleasure, the same guidelines and rules apply.

    Let's use a hypothetical example: I have taken over the family business "Michael Salibas and Sons". The business has been operating for several years and has an established and growing customer base. I decide to register a domain and put up a web page. I can either register MICHAELSALIBASANDSONS.www.pf677.com or MSS.www.pf677.com .

    The logo for my business cards and Letterheads has the letters "MSS" in a fancy flowing light blue font with a red line running across the letters. Why? Because it is CATCHY and people will REMEMBER it. The same rules apply to a domain name. It is easier to remember and "catchier" to have www.MSS.www.pf677.com than to have www.MICHAELSALIBASANDSONS.www.pf677.com .

    By the way, the domain MSS.www.pf677.com is already registered and belongs to "Medical System Support(Pty)LTD" so I would have to come up with another Domain Name.

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