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What Is Domain Name?
Practically speaking, your domain name is the core of your Internet identity, your online brand. Your customers will remember this name and use it to find out about your products and services. And since no two parties can ever hold the same domain name simultaneously, your Internet identity is totally unique.

Technically, a domain name is an addressing construct used for identifying and locating computers on the Internet. While computers use Internet Protocol (IP) numbers to locate each other on the Internet, people find them hard to remember. Therefore, domain names were developed to permit the use of easily remembered words and phrases to identify Internet addresses.

For example, the domain name Unpicked.com represents the company UnPicked. When you type verisign.com in a web browser or send e-mail to someone at verisign.com, the Domain Name System (DNS) translates Unpicked.com into the IP numbers used by the Internet and connects you to UnPicked.

Many organizations find it useful to have a domain name or e-mail address that is the same or similar to their company name or product(s).

If your organization´s name is Example, Inc., you could register the domain name EXAMPLE.COM and your e-mail address could be user_name@example.com. Your customers would also be able to access your organization´s Web site by visiting "www.example.com" with their Web browser.

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Determining if the domain name you want is available
To determine the availability of the domain name you want, click here. Enter the domain name you´d like to reserve in the search box on that page, and click GO!

Our system will give you an opportunity to search for other available names, or will tell you that the domain name has already been taken.


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What is Domain Forwarding?
If you have a free web host, or your current web host doesn't host domains, you can set up URL Forwarding to redirect your domain to your site.

Domain Forwarding works the same way as Subdomain Forwarding, except you use your own domain name.

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What is the difference between Cloaked and Uncloaked forwarding?
Cloaked Forwarding displays your domain name in the address bar of your visitors' web browsers, whereas Uncloaked Forwarding displays the destination address. Cloaked URL Forwarding can be used to hide your site's real address.

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What is eMail Forwarding?
Unpicked's free email forwarding service allows you to create up to 10 email addresses that will be forwarded to another existing email address. For example, you can set up the account You@YourNewDomain.com to forward to your existing email address of You@YourISP.com or You@Hotmail.com or any other existing email address.

You must have an existing email address to use this service.

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Can I forward email to more than one address?
When using Unpicked's email forwarding service you can forward mail to two or more separate recipients.
  • click domain manager, eMail forwarding
  • select the domain name you want to edit and press "NEXT" button
  • on the following page, add any additional user names (alias) you like into the "Username" box, and on the same line put a real destination e-mail account in the "Forward To" box.
  • Repeat as needed.
  • click "FINISH" when you are done, and allow up to 1 hour to it to start working properly.
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    What is the * (other) email forwarding record and how to use it?
    When using our email forwarding service there is a special record you can use to set up "wildcard" email forwarding. What this means is that an email sent to an address at your domain that has not been specifically set up will just be sent to the address specified in your wildcard forwarding record.
  • click domain manager, eMail forwarding
  • select the domain name you want to edit and press "NEXT" button
  • on the following page, add "*" into the "Username" box, and on the same line put a real destination e-mail account in the "Forward To" box.
  • click "FINISH" when you are done, and allow up to 1 hour to it to start working properly.
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    Can I set up a wildcard so that that all email sent to my domain will be forwarded to me?
    See What is the * (other) email forwarding record and how to use it?.

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    Can I use email forwarding with my multilingual domain name?
    Currently, the typical services provided by using eNom's DNS servers, including email forwarding, will not work with multilingual domains. We do not have an estimated timeframe.

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    DNS Record Definitions?
    We allow five types of address records to be added to our DNS servers. They are as follows:

    A (Address) Using this type of record allows you to associate a host with an IP address. The IP address that you use does not have to be on your network. For example, you could have the host record for www point to 207.46.130.14 (the address for the Microsoft web site).

    MXE (Mail Easy) Using a mail record allows you to specify the address of your mail server. When you use a mail record, you must use an IP address in the address field. (Experts: Creating a mail record actually creates both the MX and the A record in DNS. Also, when using multiple mail servers, a preference value of 10 is used on all entries).

    MX (Mail) Can be either a host name under this domain name (for example, "mail3") or the name of a mail server (for example, "mail.yahoo.com."). NOTE: When using a mail server name, it should end with a period ".". (If you forget the period and we recognize the TLD, we will automatically insert one.).

    CNAME (Alias) An alias record type is used to associate a host name with another host. The host that you wish to point to does not have to be on your network. For example, you could have the host record for www point to www.microsoft.com. You can also simply use an "@" to represent your domain. Important:When you use a domain in the address field you must add a trailing period ("."). Unless you do so the name server will add your domain to the end of the domain given.

    URL Redirect URL Redirect is the standard method for URL Forwarding. When the client types in your domain name they are redirected to the web server that your page is hosted on. The only drawback of this method is as the person is looking around the site the URL that is displayed by the browser is the one of the actual web page, not your domain name. If this is a problem you can use the URL Frame method.

    URL Frame URL Frame is similar to URL Redirect except that instead of redirecting the client to your web page, the web page is displayed in a frame from our web server. With this method the client's browser will display your domain name (for example: www.mydomain.com) while they are using your site and not the actual URL to your page (for example: home.infospace.com/chris33"). Note: If you use this method of forwarding, you will want to put the 'target="_top"' attribute into any links you have that leave your page.

    The star "*" record This is a wildcard record. Use this to take care of any records or subdomains that you have not specified to catch any typos or mistakes.

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