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12 September 2010 @ 06:17 pm
basic question for 'net gods and goddesses out there  

So, I'm confused about some basics having to do with web pages (not having ever created one myself).

I've got a group of people who want their own domain.  Let's call it xyz.com.  And xyz.com doesn't appear to be claimed by anyone, out there. 

Do we/they have to go to one of those registrars and pay them for the privilege of "having" xyz.com?  I mean, it doesn't seem to cost a lot, so that's okay.  But I hate to go out there and pay for something that someone with a bit of savvy could figure out how to do without forking over bucks.  

You'd think I'd know these things by now.
Elissa: runningelissaann on September 12th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
It's necessary to register the domain name before you can use it, and you generally pay a small yearly fee for registration. It's my understanding that the registration charge is supposed to pay for record-keeping. I don't mind that the record-keepers make a profit.
Charlotte (CLB)'s LJ: computerberkeleyfarm on September 12th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, you need to register the name. The people with a bit of savvy have been doing it for a long time.

What does seem to have changed is the "cybersquatting" of old, where people grabbed likely names and then tried to sell them at large cost.
matthewwdaly on September 13th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
If it helps, you're not paying for the right to "have" xyz.com so much as the comfort of knowing that any computer in the world that asks to visit xyz.com is directed to your server. Even though it is such a seamless process that we can take it for granted, you can be confident that the domain registrars are earning their keep.
betonicabetonica on September 13th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
re: basic question for 'net gods and goddesses out there
Thanks, everyone! I'll be posting the fruits of our labor when there's bunches of cool stuff to show you.