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Can I access my domain address with or without the "www"?

Yes, you will be able to access your domain address with or without the "www" in front of the domain name. When a web site visitor types in "http://www.yourdomain.com" or "http://yourdomain.com" (where yourdomain.com refers to the name of your domain name), they'll be taken to the front page of your site.

No, sorry. That's the nature of domain registration. Once you have registered (purchased) a domain name it's yours to keep. So be careful to double-check for typos!

What you can do of course is just register the new domain as well, and then let the old one expire after the period you've paid for passes.

Keep in mind that you may opt to re-direct the old domain to the new domain. And you can park the new domain over the old one. 

On the hosting account, if you want to switch your domain with a new one, you can do that by opening a support ticket.

Yes, you can have as many domain names pointing to the front page of your account as you like. Some people call this "Domain Parking". To park a domain, go to your control panel and click on "Parked Domains". 

Be sure to also change the nameservers for the new domain at your current registrar to match the nameservers for your site. Changes take 24-72 hours to propagate around the Internet.

Yes, we do host international domain names. All you need to do is to register the domain name that you want with the country's domain name registry and specify the DNS/Name server as follows:

Shared/business hosting: ns.nocdirect.com and ns2.nocdirect.com
Reseller hosting: vns1.nocdirect.com and vns2.nocdirect.com
VPS/Dedicated hosting: You have your own custom nameservers with a VPS or dedicated server, please contact our support team if you need any assistance.

If you are transferring an international domain name to our server, you need to complete the transfer request at the country's domain name registrar. We will be able to help out with specific technical questions with regards to the transfer. Just contact support for assistance.

You can register any kind of domain. All of these are "unrestricted" Top-Level Domains, which means they have no restrictions on who can register what domain and for what purpose.

In terms of availability, it is hardest to find good domains in .com, then .net, then .org because they are the most common and most popular. Other top-level domains may actually be more appropriate for your site though. For instance, if your site is about a television show, characters, or actors, a .tv domain would work great. A site with info about a country or where product sales are limited to a particular country may do well with that country's top-level domain. Use your imagination and try to think like your users. Consult SEO (Search Engine Optimization) sites and forums as well concerning this.

What is a domain name?

A domain name is the address, or URL, of your website. For example "aletia.com" or "championconsulting.com".

Every domain is unique across the entire planet and are assigned to whomever registers them on a first-come first-serve basis. You can register domain names followed by .com, .net, .org, .us, .info, .biz, .ws, .tv and some more with our registrar Aticoms.com.

There are many reasons for the need to have a dedicated IP or additional IPs assigned to your account and we must be able to justify that need to our provider.

1. Web Hosting with SSL: Generally, an SSL certificate will be issued for a specific domain. Because of the limitations of the Apache web server, certificate files are restricted to a per IP or per system basis. Therefore, any client that would like to host an SSL encrypted domain on the server will need a unique IP address. The justification will be considered acceptable when the customer provides a copy of the CSR and corresponding CA signed CRT for each domain. Please do not include the key file. 

2. Custom Name Server Addresses: 2 IP addresses are required for running nameservers on each physical machine. Those 2 IP addresses can be used to register all nameservers that are going to be hosted on that server.

3. Applications Requiring a Unique Port: Some services that clients choose to host require that each instance of the application utilize a specific port on the server. Therefore, to run multiple instances of the service, multiple IP addresses are required. Examples of these types of services include SMTP, POP, IMAP4 and NNTP.

4. Virtual Machine Hosting: Providers of virtual machine hosting services require unique IP addresses for each virtual machine that they provide to a customer. Additionally, as a virtual machine functions much like a dedicated server, end users as well as the customer may wish to utilize the service to provide other services that are acceptable justification for additional address space. Any of the services listed above are examples of the services that a virtual machine hosting customer may host on their virtual machine hosting server. 

5. Network Equipment and IPs used for Addressing: Generally, this type of justification will only apply to colocation customers. Addresses utilized for access and administration of networking devices, such as routers, switches, PDUs, and other equipment, will fall into this category.

What is the difference between domain registration and web hosting?

Registering your domain gives you sole ownership and rights to the name of your site. No one else has access to the actual name of the domain and it is taken off the market. However, just because you own the domain doesn't mean you've got a server configured to serve a web site at that domain or to handle email for that domain. Web hosting provides that server, its network connection, its configuration, and its upkeep.

You just need to upload your site to the server and configure your email via an online account control panel.

Who owns the Domain Name I register?

You become the owner of the domain name. You will have full control and authority over it.
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