Domain Registration and Maintenance


What is a domain?

A domain name locates an organization or other entity on the Internet. For example, the domain name seanet.com locates an Internet address (or IP address) for seanet.com at Internet point [199.181.164.12]. If we added a www to the domain name www.seanet.com, it would then locate the domain at IP address [199.181.164.6] on a particular host server named WWW.

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What is a Virtual Domain?

Having a Virtual Domain means having your own domain name (i.e., yourdomain.com) without having to install expensive server hardware, software, and network infrastructure. With a Virtual Domain, you utilize our server's storage space and processors, as well as our Internet connections, however, you are still professionally represented via your own Internet Web address (i.e., http://www.yourdomain.com) and by your own e-mail address using your domain name (i.e., you@yourdomain.com). If you haven't already registered a domain, it's a good idea to check with VeriSign's WHOIS service to make sure that the domain name you desire is available.

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What are domain name pointers? Do you support them?

A domain name pointer is a domain name that redirects a visitor to another Web location. In this way a Web site can have two names, for instance — yourdomain.com and yourdomain.net. This means that whichever name is typed into a browser, the same single site will appear. You can request that we point your Web site to as many domains as you care to register. This is a useful way to provide multiple identities for your Web site and is relatively inexpensive.

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What is the InterNIC?

Until recently, InterNIC (Internet Network Information Center), a cooperative activity between the U.S. government and Network Solutions, Inc., was the organization responsible for registering and maintaining domain names — Network Solutions handled the registration portion of these duties. As a result of a 1998 U.S. Government Statement of Policy, competition has been introduced in domain name registration and a new, non-profit global organization, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has been designated to conduct the registrar accreditation process. Initially, ICANN designated five new registrar companies — in addition to Network Solutions. Additional registrars are expected to be accredited.

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What is Network Solutions?

Network Solutions is responsible for the registration and routing of Internet domain names. Among other things, they ensure that duplicate domain names are not issued and track each domain name during their registration period. Network Solutions is currently the largest ICANN accredited registrar and is the registrar Seanet uses due to their excellent record of customer service and support.

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What is a NIC handle?

Every entity registered with InterNIC has a NIC handle. For example, Seanet has a NIC handle of DA8-ORG that alerts InterNIC's database to our address and contact information so that we need not enter this information each time a new domain name is registered. You can use the same NIC handle as contacts for several domains. This way, if you make a change to the NIC handle (e.g., the e-mail address), all domains using that NIC handle will be updated as well.

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Do you transfer domains from Register.com?

When your domain name was registered, Register.com gave you a username and password for your domain name account. This username and password combination is required whenever you wish to make changes to your domain name account, such as transferring the domain name to Seanet. Please write to support@seanet.com for instructions on how to transfer your Register.com domain name. It's simple and we'll let you know exactly how to do it!

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What is a registrar and how do I know which one registered my domain name?

A registrar, like Network Solutions, is a company accredited by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to register, manage, and keep track of domain names. All domain names are registered via a registrar. Seanet uses Network Solutions to register all of our clients' new .com, .net, and .org domain names. Network Solutions is the most popular and prominent registrar, maintaining the largest client base due to their excellent service and support. There are, however, other registrars that have the authority to register domain names.

It's important to know who your registrar is since should you wish to make any changes to your domain, they'll need to make changes to your domain name server records. You may find out the registrar for your domain name by conducting a WHOIS search for your domain name. This will display the registrar. Here's an example of query results for a domain registered with Network Solutions:

Domain Name: SEANET.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, INC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: www.networksolutions.com
Name Server: DNS1.SEANET.COM
Name Server: DNS2.SEANET.COM
Updated Date: 27-oct-1996

If your registrar is Network Solutions, Seanet will automatically instigate the transfer for you. All you have to do is approve the transfer by responding in the affirmative to an e-mail Network Solutions will send you! If your domain is registered with a different registrar, our customer service or technical support staff can help you with instructions for transferring the domain.

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How long does it take before my domain name is active?

Generally your domain name is active in 24 to 72 hours. Once you receive notification that your domain name has been registered or transferred, Internet providers around the world must update their records to reflect the new information. This process takes place for all domain name registrations or transfers. As you can imagine, there are many of these performed on any given day. In order to streamline this process, InterNIC reloads its root server database only once per day. There is nothing Seanet can do to speed up the InterNIC. They are an independent organization we must rely on to process our requests in a timely manner. We do all we can do (such as pre-configuring your domain on our servers) to ensure that the moment InterNIC finishes its job, you'll be visible on the Internet.

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