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What is a Domain Name

A domain name is a unique alpha-numeric address used to identify and locate a specific computer on the internet. They allow users to type in a name that is easy to remember, such as smallbusinessbc.ca which is then translated into the Domain Name System (DNS) as a numerical address (Internet Protocol Numbers) such as 69.90.63.128. DNS allows you to access a website without having to remember the numerical address.

What Is a Domain Name Extension?

A domain name extension is what appears after the domain name. For example, in www.smallbusinessbc.ca “.ca” is the extension. Choosing your extension is just as important as deciding on a domain name, the extension lets users know what type of website they are visiting, is it a Canadian business or an organization? There are many extensions available.

Where Can I Register a Domain Name and What Will It Cost?

You can register a domain name online with a domain name registrar. For a list of registration authorities, visit the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

If registering a .ca domain name, you can have 2 to 50 characters in length. If registering a .ca, .net, .org domain name, you can have 1 to 67 characters. Letters and numbers with hyphens in between are acceptable.

The cost to register a domain name depends on which company you decided to go with, on average it will cost about $10 – $30 for a one year subscription. It is suggested that you register your domain name for three to five years to ensure you maintain the name and the registration cost is less expensive over a longer period of time.

For more information on how to select a doman name, see Choosing and Registering an Effective Domain Name.

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