The rules for registering a domain name depend on the Central Naming Authority in each country. The general rules to follow, however, are:
- Domain names should be between 3 and 67 characters long (this includes the dot and the tld). For example: domain.com is 10 characters in length.
- The domain name can only consist of alpha-numeric characters (letters/numbers) and hyphens (-).
- The hyphen (-) if used cannot be the first or last character of the domain. For example, my-own-domain.com is ok, but -myowndomain-.com is not ok.
- The domain name is not CaSe-SeNsiTiVe, meaning DoMain.Com will work the same as domain.com or DOMAIN.COM.
- No two domain names can be exactly the same. If you would like domain.com and it is already taken you will need to change the domain name you choose to register to myowndomain.com or some other variation that is available.
- You are advised to avoid registering a domain name that conflicts with another company's trademark unless, of course, you own a trademark that also gives you rights to that domain name. In these circumstances it is generally agreed that the ownership of the name is awarded on a first come first serve basis.
- The cost for registering the domain name is not included with the cost for hosting the domain name. For pricing and regulations of various domain names click here. For pricing information on various hosting packages click here.