Valid characters and length for a domain name

The only valid characters for a domain name are letters, numbers and a hyphen (-). Other special characters like the underscore (_) or an exclamation mark (!) are NOT permitted.

Example: your (not correct, no spaces allowed)
Example: (is correct)

A domain name can be up to 64 characters long — including the 4 characters used to identify the Top Level Domain (.net, .com, .org or .edu). Do not type the www. before your domain name when registering.

Transfer an existing domain name to our servers

If you would like to transfer an already registered domain to our servers, please specify that you are requesting a transfer and NOT a new domain. You should keep the service with your current provider while waiting for your registrar to complete the transfer process. This can take up to 3-5 days.

Most registrars, including Network Solutions, and OpenSRS do not charge you to do DNS modifications.

Introduction to domain names

A domain name tells people (and the computers they use) how to find your home page on the Internet. Your hosting provider assigns each domain name to a numerical IP (Internet Protocol) address. People remember names better than numbers, but computers translate your domain name (in the form of “”) into IP address numbers like

Registering a domain name for your business or organization is essential to your marketing efforts. A domain gives your business credibility and a unique identity on the World Wide Web.

Before registering a domain name you will first have to do a Whois search to see if the requested domain name is available. This service is performed for you automatically by most domain registration sites at the time of registration.

Domain names and trademarked names

If you register a name in good faith, it does not belong to an internationally known company and you can show that you have a legitimate reason to use the name, you will probably be able to keep the name. This may not be the case if it can be shown that you purchased the name for the express purpose of re-selling it to a company with a legitimate claim to the name.

If there are no trademark disputes, your secured domain name will be yours for as long as you maintain the yearly registration fees.

Domain Name System (DNS)

The Domain Name System (DNS) associates various information with domain names; most importantly, it serves as the “phone book” for the Internet by translating human-readable computer hostnames, e.g., into IP addresses, e.g., which networking equipment needs to deliver information. A DNS also stores other information such as the list of mail servers that accept email for a given domain. By providing a worldwide keyword-based redirection service, the Domain Name System is an essential component of contemporary Internet use.

DNS propagation

It will take between 24-48 hours for DNS propagation. DNS Propagation is the process by which the computers on the Internet update their records (DNS tables) to reflect new site name(s). When this is complete, your name can be accessed and recognized on the Internet.

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