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Frequently Asked Questions

Domain Names & DNS

What is a domain name?
Why do I need a domain name?
What characters can you use in a domain name and how long can it be?
Do you offer domain name pointing?
What is domain parking?
Can I host more than one domain name per account?
Do you support International domain names and clients?
What is DNS and how does it work?
What are your Primary and Secondary DNS numbers?

 

What is a domain name?
A domain name is a Web address. The domain name is the same as an IP address (which represents a physical point on the Internet), except the domain name is letters and numbers that make sense to humans, while the IP address is a series of numbers. Thus a domain name locates an organization or other entity on the Internet. When someone types a domain name into a Web browser, the requested Web page will open. For example, the domain name www.yahoo.com locates an Internet address for "yahoo.com."

A domain name consists of a top-level and a second-level domain. The "com" part of the domain name generally reflects the type or purpose of the organization or entity and is called the top-level domain (TLD) name. The part of the domain name located to the left of the dot (" . ") — "yourdomain" in this case — is called the second-level domain (SLD) name. The second-level domain name — being the "readable" part of the address — refers to the organization or entity behind the Internet address. Second-level domains must be registered through an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) accredited registrar.

Why do I need a domain name?
Increases your name recognition; Makes it easy for your customers to remember your address; Indicates you are a serious Internet player; Helps brand your image; Adds a level of trust and integrity to your site; Many search engines refuse to list pages from free sites; Some search engines will only index the first page of a domain site; Domain names containing 'keywords' aid in higher search engine ranking; Allows you to use your domain address (www.yourname.com) and virtual email addresses (yourname@yourname.com) on your business cards and letterhead; Once a domain name has been registered, it is no longer available. The most popular and easily-remembered domain names are being reserved daily, at the rate of one domain name every 5 seconds!; At that rate, in the near future, only obscure domain names will be available to the general public; Avoids somebody else from registering the name you want; Lets you change your current email provider and still keep the same email address; Protects your Internet advertising investment from failure of your Internet Service Provider.

What characters can you use in a domain name and how long can it be?
Acceptable characters include: alphabet, numbers, and hyphens. Domain names are not case sensitive; therefore YourDomainName.com and yourdomainname.com are the same domain name. A domain name cannot start or end with a hyphen. Unacceptable characters include: Special characters such as exclamation marks (!), question marks (?), and underscores (_). Blank spaces are also not allowed.

A domain name can include up to 67 characters. The domain extension is included in the 67 character limit; thus, if you are using the .com/.net/.org extensions, your desired name cannot exceed 63 characters.

Do you offer domain name pointing?
Each account may include several Domain Pointers or Add-on domain names.

What does it mean to “park a domain”?
Essentially, to park a domain name means to reserve your registered domain until you have created the site content, found a hosting provider, or sold the domain to a third party. Registrants who do not yet have a hosting provider often use domain name parking.

Can I host more than one domain name per account?
BKC Technology charges additional fees for every EXTRA (some are included for free) domain name you point to your account. For a domain name that is parked on top of your main domain name, the cost is a $15 one time setup fee. You may use an index.cgi script, to redirect from that domain name to a sub-directory at no additional charge. BKC Technology charges a $15 setup fee and $5/mo, for every additional domain name parked to a sub-directory. Parked domain names do not receive a control panel of their own.

Do you support International domain names and clients?
BKC Technology can host all international domains on its servers. BKC Technology can accept foreign clientele, just please be advised that all correspondence must be conducted in English. The client is responsible for handling the registration process of foreign domain name(s). This must be pointed to nameservers on the BKC Technology network as assigned, or you can use other nameservers and route the domain name to the IP address you are assigned. BKC Technology cannot handle the foreign domain registration process for you, due to the fact that we do not speak all of the potential foreign languages that may be involved. BKC Technology will assist you however, with any technical information necessary to accomplish this.

What is DNS and how does it work?
The domain name system (DNS) is a global network of servers that translate host names like www.yahoo.com into numerical IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, like 204.62.131.129. Computers on the internet use these IP addresses to communicate with one another. Without DNS, we'd all be memorizing long numbers instead of intuitive web site names or email addresses.

What are your Primary and Secondary DNS numbers?
NS1.BKCTECHNOLOGY.COM
NS2.BKCTECHNOLOGY.COM

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