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What is a domain name?

All websites and servers connected to the internet communicate by means of unique IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. While, in reality, these IP addresses are actually a series of numbers, a system of domain names has been devised in order to simplify access.

Domain extensions

Domain names consist of several elements. In general: the name itself (for example, ‘MyCompany’) and the Top Level Domain (TLD), such as .COM, .NL, .FR, CO.UK, .CH or .BE. There are two types of TLDs:

- gTLDs: generic Top Level Domains – for example .COM or .INFO
- ccTLDs: country code Top Level Domains – that refer to specific countries. For example .NL, .BE, .CO.UK, .FR or .CH

Various registries

As an individual, you will generally be unable to register your domain name directly with the domain registries. Instead, you will need to use an intermediary (a registrar) for this. If you have your domain name registered and administered by Novagraaf, we will act as the registrar for you. The various registries, associated with the existing domain extensions, apply different rules. For example, it is possible that one domain extension will be valid for one year, whereas another will expire after two. The conditions of registration may also differ per extension. For instance, you can only register an .FR domain if you have filed a trademark in France or if your company has an office there. Novagraaf is informed of all the rules and will help you to register the right domain name extensions.

Would you like to know more about domain names?

Novagraaf not only takes care of the registration of your domain names; our service goes much further. For example, we also investigate availability and provide domain name watching. We can also assist with the buying and selling of domains. Please click here if you want to read more about registrant rights and responsabilities. If you would like to know more, please complete the contact form at the top right of this page.