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Choosing & Registering Your Domain Name

In the early days of the Internet users would type an IP (Internet Protocol) address into their browser to visit a website. An IP address is made up of 4 groups of digits such as 123.45.678.90.

People found it hard to remember IP addresses so domain names were developed to allow the use of easily remembered words and phrases to identify IP addresses. Each domain name must be unique - no two organisations can have the same domain name.

There are three aspects to choosing a domain name:

  1. The choice of Top Level Domain (TLD) – such as .uk
  2. The choice of Second Level Domain (SLD) - such as .co.uk, .org.uk
  3. The name itself - such as bbc.co.uk

Having decided on your domain name, you then need to check whether it is available or whether it has been registered already by another user.

Millions of domain names have been registered worldwide and many of the most popular names have already been taken.

It is estimated that 125,000 domain names are registered every month. As a result you may have to be creative to obtain a good domain name.

Our Simple & Advanced Domain Name Search Tools will help you to find a good domain name. If you prefer to can also download our FREE Domain Name Analyser program (zipped version).

We can help and advise you on getting the right name for your organisation. Your visitors need to remember your name so that they can use it to find out about your organisation and services.

If you have already registered a domain name and wish mickwood.com to act as your registrar you should select the Domain Name Transfer option.

If you wish to change your registrar from mickwood.com to another registrar there is a 'one-off' administration charge of £20 per domain.

Find out how mickwood.com saved one company £770!

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