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Your domain name defines the identity of your business, and choosing the right one is an important part of establishing your online brand. Search for a domain name from a wide range of extensions and find the right one to match your business. Register today and join the over one million domain names that are already hosted with us.
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Frequently asked questions
A domain name is how people find your website online. Websites are hosted on a web server, and domain names connect a website to a server. Every domain has to be unique so that the web server knows where to point the user to.
Domain names are made up of the domain extension or ‘top-level domain’ (.com, .co.uk, etc.) and the second-level domain part (the ‘example’ in ‘example.com’). When someone tries to access your website by typing in ‘example.com’ the DNS server will locate its IP address by first going to the group of .com domains, and then searching for the .com domain labelled ‘example’ to find your website.
If you want to add a blog or a shop to your website, you can create a subdomain (e.g. shop.example.com or blog.example.com). With Fasthosts domains, you can have unlimited subdomains.
Domain extensions or TLDs are categorised into groups. The original gTLDs (generic top-level domains) included .com, .org, .net, and .gov, and over time the list was expanded to include ccTLDs (country code top-level domains) like .uk, as well as more specific geographic domains like .london, .wales and .scot.
Different extensions suit different purposes. For example, if your website is aimed at a UK audience, it makes sense to choose a .co.uk or a .uk domain. If you want your website to have international exposure, consider registering the same domain name with .eu and .com extensions. Securing your domains with as many available extensions as possible is the best way to reach the widest audience.
Domain names can be made of up to 63 characters, and these characters can include the letters A-Z, numbers 0-9, and hyphens. However, hyphens cannot be the first or last character of your domain name. Domain names cannot include underscores, exclamation marks or any other characters. Domain names are not case sensitive.
It’s really easy to register domain names. All you have to do is find your perfect domain by using our domain availability checker. Simply search for an available domain name and you’re good to go. Once you have completed your domain name registration you are ready to build a website or add an email package.
There are a few options to get email on your domain name. Unlimited email address forwarding is completely free with all domains registered with Fasthosts. Create unlimited personal email addresses using your own domain name, e.g. email@example.com, and use our free email forwarding service to redirect mail to your existing address, e.g. your Gmail or Hotmail account. Unlike many providers, we don’t add our own signature text or advert links to your emails, even though our email address forwarding service is free.
Free email forwarding allows you to create professional email addresses to receive mail from, but in order to send email from your email address, you’ll need a full mailbox facility. With business-class Email Hosting from Fasthosts for as little as £0.99pm you can instantly open a personalised professional mailbox.
Transferring your domain names to Fasthosts is easy and completely free. Visit our domain transfers page for more information.
If you’re choosing a domain name for your business there are certain tips you can follow. Your domain name should be similar to your business name. If the .com version of your ideal domain name is already taken, then consider choosing a more specific extension (e.g. yourcompany.florist).
Consider using hyphens to make your domain easier to read (e.g. your-company.com). It’s a good idea to protect your brand and register similar extensions (e.g. get yourcompany.com and yourcompany.co.uk).
With the onset of social media applications and services such as Twitter and Facebook, it’s generally a good idea to make sure you secure usernames which match or closely match your domain name. When you’ve got a domain in mind, use our instant domain search and find an available domain in seconds.
Because we give you full access to your DNS (domain name system) records, we make it as easy as possible for you to transfer your domain names to other people. This means you can easily sell your domain if you want to.
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