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Domain Name Registration FAQ's

  1. What is a domain name?
  2. What's involved in getting my domain name registered?
  3. Once I have a domain name, how can I make changes to it?
  4. How do I change ownership of my domain name? (ie. I want to sell it or give it to someone else)
  5. Registry? Registrar? Registrant? What do these words mean?
  6. I forgot my login name and password.
  7. Who does a registered name actually belong to?
  8. How much control do domain owners have over their domain once they've signed up?
  9. What's the difference between .com, .net, .org domain names?
  10. Does SelectNet register in any other top level domains (.ca, .us, .co, .uk, etc.)?
FAQ Answers
  1. What is a domain name?
    A domain name is essentially a signpost on the Internet. Every website you've ever been to, and every email you've ever composed, has used a domain name in its address. People register domain names in order to 'stake a claim' to a particular name -- whether for business or personal reasons. Once a domain name is registered to a person or company, it is that person's to use exclusively as long as they continue to pay the yearly renewal fee. Our domain name is select.net.

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  2. What's involved in getting my domain name registered?
    We have a domain registration process that you either initiate from our web site, or through a printable order form that is faxed to us. Once you've applied for the name and we have accepted payment, we process the order with OpenSRS and then the domain name is registered to you. This process can generally be completed within one business day for new registrations.

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  3. Once I have a domain name, how can I make changes to it?
    You can make changes to your domain name by using our management interface at: http://galaxy.select.net/cgi-srs/manage.cgi. Bear in mind you'll need your domain's username and password to make the desired changes. If you don't have a username and password or have forgotten them, please contact SelectNet at 760-438-9555 or email support@select.net.

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  4. How do I change ownership of my domain name? (ie. I want to sell it or give it to someone else)
    You can simply give your username and password to the new owner, and allow them to change the contact information using the Manage Domain interface. They should also change the domain's profile to a new one with a unique username and password.

    To change the contact information:

    In the Manage Domain interface (http://galaxy.select.net/cgi-srs/manage.cgi), click on the "Organization" link and update the information

    To change the domain's profile:

    Log into the Manage Domain interface at: http://galaxy.select.net/cgi-srs/manage.cgi

    Click on "Manage Profile" and then select "Change Ownership of Domain". Fill out the username/password of the profile you want to add this domain to, or create a new profile and provide a username and password. If you are moving the domain to an existing profile, click on "Move to existing profile" and type the name of a domain that is already in the profile into the "Previously registered domain" field. Click on "Change Owner" and the domain will be in the new profile.

    * It is important to remember that anyone with the profile login information can change all info for all domains in the profile, including ownership.

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  5. Registry? Registrar? Registrant? What do these words mean?

    Registrar: A "Registrar" (or "Domain Name Registrar") is an organization like OpenSRS or Network Solutions that has control over the granting of domains within certain TLDs (top level domains, like the generic .com/.org/.net or country-specific .ca/.us/.mx etc.). SelectNet uses OpenSRS as its registrar.
    Registry: The 'Registry' is the backend that registrars have shared access to. Each registrar writes new names to a central registry database, from which the authoritative root (essentially, a table of all domain names on the Internet) is built.
    Registrant: A registrant is the person or company who purchases a domain name. For example, Jessica Smith (registrant) registers the name jessicasmith.com through OpenSRS (registrar) who in turn writes the name to the central database (Registry).

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  6. I forgot my login name and password.
    Your login name and password (used to make modifications to your domain name record) can be obtained from SelectNet by calling during our business hours (8am - 5pm Pacific Time, Mon - Fri)

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  7. Who does a registered name actually belong to??
    Domain names are not truly owned -- they're leased out on a first-come, first-served basis, and remain with the initial lessee until either a) the lessee does not renew the name, or b) a business with a trademark of the same name demonstrates a greater claim to the name than the lessee can demonstrate. The question is better phrased as 'who can control the domain name'. With OpenSRS, the answer is the domain's Administrative Contact.

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  8. How much control do domain owners have over their domain once they've signed up?
    Domain owners, in general, have full control over their OpenSRS registered domain names. This means that the domain owner has the power to:
    a) Change admin/technical and billing contacts for the domain.
    b) Change ownership of the domain.
    c) Change the nameservers that are authoritative for the domain.
    d) Create sub-users and enable them to change some/all of the options in a, b and c above.
    e) Change the password that enables a, b, c, and d above.
    As an end-user, it's unlikely you'll care to bother with such details. If this is the case, SelectNet offers these services as a 'value-add' to our registration service. Please review our Terms and Conditions and policy pages for more information on domain authority.

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  9. What's the difference between .com, .net, .org domain names?
    Originally, the three letter extensions after the dot (or Top Level Domain/TLD) were meant to denote whether the domain name was being used for business (.com) charity/non-profit (.org) or for a technology based company (.net). However, with the explosion of the Internet (and specifically, the world wide web) as a new business medium, the lines were blurred, and companies and individuals alike started cross-registering domains (ie. Me.com, me.net, me.org) just to protect their interests. Now, .com, .net, and .org names (the generic Top Level Domains) can be used for any purpose.

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  10. Does SelectNet register in any other top level domains (.ca, .us, .co, .uk, etc.)?
    Currently, SelectNet offers registrations in the .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .name, and .cc gTLDs. Other domains, such as .co.uk, .org.uk, and .ca ccTLDs may soon be available through SelectNet.

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