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Domain name registration FAQ


What is a domain name?
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.
How much does it cost to register a domain name?
Please visit our Pricing Page for information on the cost to register your domain.
What is domain name back ordering?
Ever tried to register a good domain name?

    • More than 25 million names are registered under .com, .net, and .org, though only a small number of registered names are in active use.
    • What remains? Millions become available at the speed of over 900,000 per month. Many are immediately taken — for most people, it's almost impossible to compete for the best names.

That's why we offer you back ordering domain name service.

For only $14.95 per domain we'll monitor the name around the clock and attempt to register it for you the instant it becomes available. The price includes the cost of your first year of registration.
What is a URL?
A URL is a Universal Resource Locator, which tells a web browser (Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc) where a web object is located.  For example, http://www.unpicked.com/sitehelp/pagehelp/register-domain-name-help.asp is the URL for this page that you are now viewing.
Where will my domain name reside as soon as it is registered?
If you do not provide Domain Name Servers when you register the domain name, then your domain will be hosted with one of the registrars we support OnlineNIC.com or eNom.com. If you do provide DNS Info when you register the domain name, then it will be hosted at the servers you provided.
Who owns the domain name once it is registered?
No one can "OWN" a domain name any more than one can "OWN" a telephone number. However, when you register a domain name, the domain name cannot be taken by anyone else, and you are responsible for all aspects of the domain name.
Do I have to use .com? Or can I use something else?
You may choose to use .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .edu (if you are an educational institution), or any other TLD you choose.
What are the rules for creating a domain name?
First of all domain name must be available which can be verified with domain name verification page. Type in domain name you'd like to register not including "http://" or "www." in front of it and excluding domain name extension (read below). If wanted domain name is available, you'll be prompted to register it.
The second rule is the rule of valid characters.
Which characters are allowed in domain names?
For normal ASCII domain names, the letters a-z, the numbers 0-9, and one special character, the hypen or dash "-". Note that domains cannot start or end with a hyphen. For the new testbed IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names), the full range of Unicode characters are available. This allows nearly all of the languages on the planet to be represented within domain names, including Thai, Arabic, Lao, Hebrew, French, German etc.
Can I change the information about the administrative contact associated with my domain name registration, and how?
Yes, you can go to the Domain Manager, Contact/WhoIs info" after you log-in, and change the administrative and/or technical contacts, as well as a range of other options. To make changes to your administrative contact, simply visit "Contact/WhoIs info". Select the domain name you wish to modify and include domain's administration password. Click on the information that you would like to modify and follow the prompts.
What should I do if I want to start an organization in the future but want to reserve a name now?
We will be glad to park your domain for free until which time you are ready to activate your domain name. The registration fees are the same.
What can I do if the name I request is already registered with someone?
Try different versions of the domain name, i.e. if you want to register mydomain.com and it's taken, try my-domain.com. Insert hyphens, numbers or try a different spelling.
Can I register a name that seems to be expired and not used?
No. If the name shows up in the Whois Database, then the name is still registered. Like any utility company, if you don't pay your bill on time, they do not simply cut your service off, they give you time to send a payment to them.
That is the same thing that happens with a domain name, just because the date for the domain name to expire has past, doesn't mean that the domain name will become available the next day. You can keep checking the domain name in the whois database, and when it disappears, then the domain will be available for you to purchase or you can try out back order domain name service that will monitor the domain name day and night for you and register it as soon as it becomes available.
I just registered a domain name, but when I do another search, it appears to be available, is it really available still?
No. The registration process takes 24-72 hours to complete, so just because the domain shows up as available, doesn't mean it is.
I have registered a domain name, but I changed my mind, and would like to cancel the order. What are the procedures for canceling my order?
If you decide to delete domain name within 72 hours of it's registration you can do it if it's registered with OnlineNIC, Inc.
After you log-in go to Domain Manager, Delete domain.. From the list of domain names that can possibly be deleted select one and insert domain administration password. If you successfully delete domain name your account will be accreditaded with the sum payed for registering it minus $5.00 of transaction fee.
   
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