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Choosing a Domain Name


A domain name is an important part of your website's online presence. It's how potential visitors will remember you.

What is a Domain Name

The internet is a network of computers which are connected and capable of communicating with each other using a network protocol called TCP/IP. In order for the machines to identify themselves, they are assigned a numeric value called an IP address (ex: As it is not possible to remember all those numbers for all the different sites, the concept of domain names was introduced. A domain name is a human readable and memorable representation of an IP address. When someone types in a domain name like, the browser communicates with a root domain name server that acts as a dictionary and provides the appropriate IP.

What's in a Domain Name

A domain name consists of two parts: a top-level domain (TLD) and a second-level domain (SLD). In the domain name, the TLD is ".com" and the SLD is "hostmonster." The "http" is not part of the domain name; rather, it is the protocol and a part of the entire web address, called a URL. So, when you choose your domain name, you are only concerned with the TLD and SLD.

The SLD is where your creativity and originality comes in. You may choose any name you like, as long as it does not infringe upon someone else's trademark. You may only use alphanumeric characters and hyphens, though hyphens can not be used adjacently. Symbols and blank spaces are also not permitted in domain names.

How to Register a Domain Name

To register a new domain name you will need a HostMonster Hosting Account

  1. Login to your HostMonster Control Panel.
  2. Click the Addons tab.
  3. Choose Domain Registration.
  4. Enter your desired domain name.
  5. Choose your desired TLD from the adjacent drop down menu.
  6. Click the Check button.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Next.
  8. Review the Registration Settings and click Add to Cart.

Additional Information for Registrants

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