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Domain names

Is there anywhere were I can register a domain name for free, or do they all have to be paid for? If so, who's the cheapest?
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nettromCommented:
a quick search with Google found http://www.virtualave.net/ but I'm not sure I buy their ad's about "Free domain".

if you want to register a domain, why not look at the ICANN approved registrars and see what their offering?  http://www.icann.org/registrars/accredited-list.html
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cheekycjCommented:
Registering a domain name is always free but its the cost of owning that you will have to pay.  Internic charges an upfront fee of $70 per domain name for 2 years and then $35 for each year after that.  These are fees that are unavoidable as Internic charges them to you.

A list of registrars:
http://www.internic.net/regist.html

You can directly register with Internic also at:
http://www.networksolutions.com/

CJ
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mgfranzCommented:
Cheekyci, you cannot register a domain name without paying for it.  If so every cybersquatter would be registering everything under the sun...

Here is the scoop on virtualave;
"Note: If you only need a sub-domain (http://yourname.virtualave.net), you don't need to deal with InterNIC, there is no charge from Virtual Avenue, so you can set up a web site with us completely free. If you need a real domain (http://www.yourname.com), Virtual Avenue will provide free service to register it for you (if it is new), but you will be billed by InterNIC for $70.00 (InterNIC charges $70 per domain name at registration time for the first two-year period and $35/year after two years). "

Their 'free' domain is "http://yourname.virtualave.net

So to answer your question, it's $70 for the registration of your domain and it expires in two years unless you pay the $35 every year after that.

Your IHS can handle all the registration tasks for you.  Most will do it for free + the $70.

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cheekycjCommented:
What I meant... is that you do not pay for registration... the fees associated are the standard fees for having domain names... no one should be paying a "registration fee"  Thats what the question asked.

$70 - cover two years of domain ownership and it is $35 per year after that so essentially you are just paying for owning the domain name but no payments for the registration process- atleast you shouldn't but there are some companies out there that will charge you $100- $70 for 2 yrs plus $30 for registering your domain name.

Everyone goes thru Internic.. whether you deal with them directly or whether the place you go to deals with them... THEY ARE THE DOMAIN NAME REGISTER.

CJ
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cheekycjCommented:
mgfranz:  You basically restated what has been commentd already... shouldn't have posted as an answer.

also, you stated:
"Your IHS can handle all the registration tasks for you.  Most will do it for free + the $70. "

key words "most will do it(registration) for free"

CJ
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mgfranzCommented:
Registering is not always free... I do look at this feature when I am looking for a new hosting service, some hosts charge as much as $100 to register or transfer a domain.

If you want to host that will register or transfer a domain for free, http://www.tentex.com/ or http://www.setupsite.com/

And actually http://www.internicregistrations.com is just a repository of data, there are a bunch of registrars as nettrom pointed out.  But it is http://www.networksolutions.com that has the distinction of being the top-dog of registrars.

Mark
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cheekycjCommented:
Mark,
   Doesn't the Internic maintain the DNS DB though?  Usually all associated fees are called "Internic Fees"

CJ
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mgfranzCommented:
I am not sure what the interaction between "Internic" and "Network solutions" is, it may be one and the same...  I was too under the impression that the Internic was the controlling faction of the WWW, yet Network Solutions claims to be the boss...  I do know that Network Solutions has claimed to be the "Official" dB, http://nsiregistry.net/.  nettrom has posted the link of registrars, http://www.icann.org/registrars/accredited-list.html.

And now that you mention it, I believe the Internic is no longer the sole source of DNS data.  I read that ICANN has authority over all...

http://www.icann.org/
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mgfranzCommented:
From ICANN,

"ICANN is the overall technical coordinating body for the
Internet's domain name system and IP address system.  As such, it sets
policy for the top level domain registries like .com, .org, .uk, .jp, etc.
The actual database functions for each of those registries are handled by
different registry administrators.  NSI is the registry administrator for
..com, .net, and .org.  There are over 200 other top level registries in the
DNS as well.              

InterNIC is a service mark of the US government.  The web site
<http://www.internic.net> is now a referral page controlled by the US
government, which refers customers to the numerous companies that have been
accredited to offer competitive domain name registration services in the
..com, .net, and .org top-level domains.

Best regards,

--Andrew"                                  
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cheekycjCommented:
Internic and Network Solutions are the same.

So ICANN maintains the DB and Internic/Network Solutions (NSI) is the registry admin.

That is nice to know.

I always thought NSI/Internic had a monopoly of the whole damn thing- registration to DNS DB.

CJ
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mgfranzCommented:
ICANN does not handle the dB, the dB functions are handled by the registrars.  I am waiting for a reply from "Andrew" at ICANN to see who admin's the DNS dB.

Mark
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