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When purchasing a domain, an important part of the process is passing on all necessary contact information to the ICANN WHOIS directory. Usually, the company you buy the domain from will pass on the information to the directory for you – as is the case with Pro Tech North. This process ensures that for each website, there is a clear record of the owner. Depending on who you register your new domain with, and how, your contact information may be easily accessed by anyone. With Pro Tech North, users can opt for a private domain name registration, which makes generic contact details open to the public rather than your personal information.
Yes. We recommend buying not only your domain name with your favorite extension (eg. .co.uk), but also additional, alternative domain extensions (eg. .com, .org, .uk, etc). The reason is simple. Having more than one domain extension strengthens your online identity, secures your brand name and improves your online presence. Buying more than one domain extension also protects you from your competitors registering your additional extensions and enticing away your customers.
Yes. With our domain checker you can start by checking one domain name. After you click search you will be shown all the domain extensions that are available or taken. You can add additional domains to your cart with just one click. If you want to buy another popular domain extension that hasn’t shown in the results you can load more extensions by clicking the “Load More” button.
If you would like to buy an additional, unrelated domain name, that is also no problem. After you add your first domain name to the cart, simply click register a new domain on the left side of the screen.
.com is the world’s leading domain name. Used by companies, organizations, and individuals around the globe—it’s a professional and reliable choice. Now you too can enjoy the benefits of having the most reputable domain on the web thanks to Pro Tech North.
We’ve made .com domain registration simple; once you’ve chosen your desired domain name, all you have to do is verify it with our handy domain checker. The service is completely free and it only takes a few seconds. Once you’ve entered your desired domain, we’ll let you know straight away if it’s available, as well as provide you with a price quote. All that’s left to do is place it in your cart and follow the payment options. What’s more, if your chosen domain isn’t available, we provide you with a list of professional alternatives, often at a fraction of the price. Simple!
If you wish to use domain name registration with Pro Tech North, you’ll find the process simple and straightforward. If you are a new customer, then all you need to do is enter your desired domain name into the Domain Check and perform a domain name search. If your domain name is available then you can proceed to buy the domain name of your choice. Alternatively, if your desired domain name is unavailable, then you will be presented with a list of alternatives that may be suitable. From here you can enter your payment information and perform the necessary ICANN e-mail verification
If you are an existing customer, the process is even easier. Simply log in to your Control Panel and access ‘Domains’ > ‘Register new domain’ and proceed to the domain name search. Again, if your desired domain names are available, then you can proceed to payment and domain registration. If they are not, you will see a range of suitable alternatives that you are free to accept or reject as you see fit.
The structure of a domain name can be separated into three distinct parts. For instance, the domain name www.mycompany.co.uk can be split into a TLD, an SLD (second-level domain) and a subdomain. Here, we’ll take a closer look at each section.
To begin with, you can find the TLD, or top-level domain, on the far right of your domain name. Top-level domains include .co.uk, .com and .org. These are split into generic TLDs, country code TLDs, sponsored TLDs and unsponsored TLDs. For the most part, the gTLDs and the ccTLDs are what you will be looking to utilise.
The second part, or the middle of your domain name, is known as the second-level domain and consists of your chosen name. In our example this is the ‘mycompany’ section of the domain name. When you register domain names, this will be the part unique to your company or organisation, giving you an opportunity to be creative with your domain registration.
Finally, the subdomain on the far left side is denoted by ‘www.’ and many other options. This allows ultimate flexibility after you register a domain name, since you can assign subdomains to various different sections of your website. For instance, you could create contact.mycompany.co.uk or info.mycompany.co.uk to help guide your customers to the relevant section of your website
Domain name registries are essentially organisations with large databases of domains that allow separate companies to request administrative control of particular domain names. For instance, the domain name registry for the .co.uk TLD is Nominet, while the registry for the .com TLD is Verisign. When you register a domain with Pro Tech North or any other company, your domain name is linked to your details in one of these central databases. These registries control domain name distribution policy and operate domains on the technical level. In some cases they are also responsible for dealing with disputes and issues surrounding domain registration. All of this essentially means that when you wish to transfer your domain name from one hosting company to another, the domain name registry ensures the domain is always registered to you and can be switched with ease.
Each registry operates in a slightly different way, with some working on a non-profit basis (e.g. Nominet) and some set up as commercial enterprises (e.g. Verisign). However, each holds the administrative data of each domain and generates a file zone which contains the addresses of name servers. Finally, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) acts as the regulator for these domain name registries and may also deal with disputes and technical work depending on the particular domain names.
The suffix of your domain name is important in a number of ways and is integral to your website’s successful operation. Firstly, the wealth of TLDs (top-level domains) now available for domain registration allows you to register a domain suited to your company or organisation’s purpose. For instance, if www.mycompany.com is already registered, then why not try www.mycompany.org or .biz rather than changing your company name to suit the TLD? With a variety of generic TLDs available through the Pro Tech North domain name search, including .com, .org, .net, .info, .website, .web and .online, you can be sure to find the perfect TLD for your next web project.
TLDs can also help users identify your website by its location. This option is perfect for those wishing to associate a website with a specific geographical place. These include TLDs linked to particular countries such as .uk, .fr, .de and .es, and TLDs that can be linked to regional and local destinations such as .scotland, .london, .wales, .nyc, .paris and .berlin.
Finally, if your new website is tied to a specific industry or profession, then there are plenty of choices for your domain name registration. These include TLDs such as .photography, .hotel, .software, .app, .finance and .restaurant among many others.
Registering a domain name with Pro Tech North will give you access to competitive prices whilst staying local giving you close to home support if required. Pro Tech North also supports local charities and not for profit organizations giving exclusive discount to these groups.
Transferring your domain over to Pro Tech North is a quick process that can be completed in a short time. You simply need to obtain your authorisation code from your current provider, and then Pro Tech North will guide you through the rest of the transfer. However, please also ensure that you have backed up all of your important data before attempting a domain name transfer.
Firstly, select a hosting package from our range of great value web hosting solutions. Next, you will be directed to the domain name search where you will need to enter your existing domain name. Here, you will be shown that your domain name is already registered – all you need to do is click on the ‘Transfer’ button and enter your authorisation code, and Pro Tech North will take care of the rest for you.