| A domain registration
is much like securing a telephone number,
except that you don't always get to
pick and choose your phone number. With
an internet domain, you simply decide
upon a name in the format SLD.TLD, check
to see if it is available and then purchase
a registration for it if it hasn't already
been registered by someone else.
Unlike telephone numbers, domain
registrations don't expire at the
end of every month and are usually
renewable in one year increments.
Some Registration Service Centers
(RSCs) let you register domains up
to several years at once.
You don't "OWN" the domain
- only the registration. You are free
to do whatever you like with the domain
name, however, such as build a corporate
Intranet infrastructure or simply
place a single mail or webserver on
the Internet under that domain name.
It is the responsibility of the registrant
to renew their domains before their
respective expiration dates if they
want to continue to have the domain
exist on the Internet. Once a domain
expires it can no longer be seen on
the Internet - because it's DNS zone
is removed by the registry.