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Can anyone register a domain name?
Are there any rules regarding the format of domain names?
Are there any other costs involved in registering a domain name besides AbsoluteDomains' fees?
How long does it take to register a domain name?
What is DNS and parking?
After I've ordered a domain name how will I know that it's been registered?
What should I expect to see when I type my domain name into a browser when it is parked with AbsoluteDomains?
Who owns a registered domain name?
Will my registration details be publicly available?
What documentation will I receive when I buy a domain name?
When I'm ready to setup my website how do I alter the nameservers for my domain to those of the company that is going to host my site?
I already have a domain name - can I transfer it in to AbsoluteDomains, so you are my domain registration company?
What happens when my domain name needs renewing?
Do you offer hosting services as well as domain registration?
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Can anyone register a domain name?  
    Yes. Individuals as well as companies can buy a domain name, and almost all Top Level Domains (.com, .net etc.) are available for registration by anyone worldwide. There are a few restrictions:  
   

.biz - "bona fide business or commercial use". A bona fide business use is one of the following:
1. to exchange goods, services, or property of any kind;
2. in the ordinary course of trade or business; or
3. to facilitate (i) the exchange of goods, services, information, or property of any kind; or, (ii) the ordinary course of trade or business.
Registering a domain name solely for the purposes of (1) selling, trading or leasing the domain name for compensation, or (2) the unsolicited offering to sell, trade or lease the domain name for compensation does not constitute a "bona fide business or commercial use" of that domain name.

.me.uk - The me.uk Second Level Domain is intended for personal use. Domain Name registrations made under me.uk are expected to be made for natural persons, such as John Smith registering johnsmith.me.uk
.ltd.uk - UK Limited companies only. The domain name must exactly match the registered name of the company.
 
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Are there any rules regarding the format of domain names?  
    Yes - the following rules apply:  
   
Domain names can only contain alphanumeric characters (a-z and 0-9) as well as dashes (-), but cannot begin or end with a dash.
Spaces, underscores (_) or any other special character are not allowed.
Domain names can be up to 63 characters in length (excluding the http://www. and any extension/TLD).
All .com, .net, .org, .biz and .info domain names must have a minimum of three characters.
All .uk domains must have a minimum of two characters, but names containing two letters are not allowed (i.e. dr.co.uk), as they are reserved for ISO country codes. However, two character names are permitted (i.e. 3x.co.uk).
 
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Are there any other costs involved in registering a domain name besides AbsoluteDomains' fees?  
    You will not be asked to pay any other fees besides AbsoluteDomains' costs - you won't receive an unexpected bill from Nominet or Internic (the registration bodies). Our prices are for a complete start to finish registration of a domain name.  
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How long does it take to register a domain name?  
    Upon receipt of your payment we will register your domain immediately, which takes only a matter of minutes. Your name will not be operational however for a day or two. Please click here for more details on how to check whether your domain registration is complete. When your registration is complete you will be able to begin using your new domain name.  
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What is DNS and parking?  
    When a domain name is registered it has to reside somewhere. DNS (Domain Name System) is a process that translates a domain name into a set of numbers (IP Address), which points to where your site resides (like a postal address points to where you live). When you register a domain you will need to specify a DNS, but you probably won't already have a company to host your site, so instead you can choose to "park" your domain until you are ready to use it. AbsoluteDomains provides parking free of charge for as long as you need it, and if you choose this option you will not need to enter any DNS information into the order form.  
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After I've ordered a domain name how will I know that it's been registered?  
    You will receive a confirmation email from us when the domain has been successfully registered. Also you can check whether your domain name has been registered successfully by using AbsoluteDomains' domain search (top left of every page) to perform a search for the domain that you have ordered. You will be able to view the Whois output, which will show the domain name's owner information. Once we have registered a domain name on your behalf, although the Whois results still says the name is 'Available', the domain cannot be registered by anyone else - the Whois records take 24 to 72 hours to be updated, so it will take this long to show that the domain is registered to you and for your name to become operational.  
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What should I expect to see when I type my domain name into a browser when it is parked with AbsoluteDomains?  
    If you choose to park your domain with AbsoluteDomains, when you type your domain address into a browser you will be presented with a screen telling you that the page cannot be displayed. Although your domain is parked on our servers, there are no pages loaded for your domain name and therefore nothing to view in a browser (from experience we have learned that most of our customers prefer not to have an AbsoluteDomains screen showing on their domain).  
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Who owns a registered domain name?  
    BEWARE! Some companies when registering domain names will not give you ownership, but only give you use of the name when you register it. At AbsoluteDomains we register YOU as the owner - whoever you put in the order form as the registrant will own the domain.  
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Will my registration details be publicly available?  
    Yes. Once you have registered a domain name the details of your registration will be available to the public to allow quick resolution of disputes and technical problems. If you perform a domain search for any registered domain you will be able to see the information for that domain name.  
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What documentation will I receive when I buy a domain name?  
    When you register or renew a .uk domain name, Nominet, the UK registrar, will send you a letter by post containing a unique security code. By accessing Nominet's web site and typing in both the .uk domain name and the security code, you will be able to check and update your details for that domain name registration and download a pdf certificate if required. Receiving this documentation is only a formality and you will be able to use your domain as soon as it becomes operational. See here for more details of when your name becomes operational.  
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When I'm ready to setup my website how do I alter the nameservers for my domain to those of the company that is going to host my site?  
    Firstly you will need to get the DNS information from whoever is going to host your site (this information is usually available in the help/support section of their site). You will need the name and IP address of both the primary and secondary name servers. An example of a name server and IP Address is ns1.yourhost.com and 64.247.77.164. Once you have these details all you have to do is fill in our transfer form. This process is completely free and your domain can be transferred away from AbsoluteDomains at any time.  
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I already have a domain name - can I transfer it in to AbsoluteDomains, so you are my domain registration company?  
    .uk domain names
We accept transfers of all .uk domain names. If you wish to transfer a .uk domain name to us, please contact your current domain registration company and ask them to release the ips-key for your domain name to MEDUSARED (all capital letters). Then contact us to let us know that your domain name is being transferred in to us so that we can monitor the progress of the transfer and add your domain to our systems when the transfer is complete. We do not charge to transfer .uk domain names in to us.

.com/.net/.org/.biz/.info domain names
The transfer procedure for .com/.net/.org/.biz/.info domains is more complex than .uk domains. If you wish to transfer a .com/.net/.org/.biz/.info domain in to us, please contact us including the domain name that you wish to transfer. Once we have this information, we will then be able to look up the relevant registrar details and give you further instructions. We do not charge a fee for the transfer of these tlds, but transferring your domain to us will extend your registration by one year from its current expiration date, and you will therefore need to pay one year's registration fee (see the prices page for our current prices).

Any domain name that is successfully transferred in to us will be subject to absolutedomains' Terms & Conditions and prices.
 
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What happens when my domain name needs renewing?  
    AbsoluteDomains makes it easy to renew your domain name. When the renewal date is coming up we will send you a reminder and ask you whether you would like to renew your domain name - if you do then we will renew it for you. The cost of renewing your domain name will be the same as a new domain according to our current prices at the time of renewal.  
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Do you offer hosting services as well as domain registration?  
    Yes. With our dedicated hosting website, AbsoluteHosting, you will find the perfect solution for all your hosting needs at prices you can afford. Click here for more information.  
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