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All About Domain Names

By JamieD
Published: October 12, 2009 Updated: February 17, 2011

Online businesses have become extremely popular in that last few years. While many steps of starting an online business are the same as those for a traditional business, several additional requirements are necessary to create your website. To understand the basics of starting your website, you must understand what a domain name is, how to  select one, and how to register it.


What is a domain name?


A domain name is the web address of your online business. For example, Business.gov is the domain name of the U.S. government's business portal. Choosing and registering a domain name is the first step in starting an online business.

 

How do I choose an appropriate domain name?


For business purposes, choosing an appropriate domain name can be almost as important as knowing how to properly register it. As the internet identity of your business, your domain name should representative, unique, easy to remember, use keywords, and have an appropriate extension (.com).


To help users create appropriate, business-ready domain names, the Small Business Matters blog has published a two part series:

Where and how do I register my domain name?


After you've chosen an appropriate domain name, the registration process is easy and cost friendly. Domain name registration is completed through an organization called InterNIC - Public Information Regarding Internet Domain Name Registration Services*. Individual businesses may choose which registrar that they would like to use to complete their registration. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (I-CANN)* has created an approved list of Certified Registering Authorities* to help you choose a legitimate registrar.


Once you select your registrar, their website will take you through a short process to officially register your name. You will generally encounter small fees and registration periods depending on your selected registrar. Be sure to comply with the United States Patent and Trademark Office's laws regarding Abusive Domain Name Registration of Personal Names, which involve domain names that intend to be confusingly similar, or mislead others, into the true ownership of that domain name. For more information, check out Business.gov's guide to Registering a Domain Name.

 

Are there any security risks to look out for when registering my domain name?


Unfortunately, there are scams that target individuals attempting to register a domain name. In one instance, scammers attempt to take advantage of news that the I-CANN* has made certain top level domains public. New domain names include .aero, .biz, .coop, .info, .museum, .name, and .pro. Because the general public isn't aware of the new changes, it could be easy to fall victim to this scam. Take precautions to protect yourself when registering a domain name and review the Federal Trade Commission's guide to avoiding domain name scams.

 

What is cybersquatting?


Registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with a negative intent to profit from a trademark or name belonging to someone else is known as cybersquatting. Once they control a particular domain, a cybersquatter would attempt to sell the domain to the person or business who owns the trademark or name at an inflated price. U.S. federal law prohibits cybersquatting through the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.
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Go to the U.S. Government's trademark registry and do a search. Of course, that gives you trademark holders only of U.S. marks.
Good Jamie. But how do you check for the domain trademark? is there any place to do that?
This can be a very touchy issue. It's relatively easy to purchase a domain name that infringes on someone else's trademark without you even knowing about it. If there is even a small flicker of doubt in your mind, consult an attorney. The only real way to be safe is to have a qualified attorney review your domain name to make sure you're in the clear. It's much better to begin building your online business with a domain name that you know is good than have someone hit you with a cease and desist after you've spent two years building your business! Jon SeldenAustin Injury Lawyer ---This post was edited to remove a commercial link. Read our discussion policies for more Community best practices. Message Edited by ChristineL on 02-09-2010 08:49 AM

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