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What is a domain?

A domain name is a set of letters and numbers which makes up the web address of your website. Our domain name is srnhosting.net and our web address is www.srnhosting.net.

In order to have your own specific website address or customised email address you need to register your own domain name.

How do I register a Domain name?

First you need to ensure that the domain name is available. A domain can only be owned by one person at a time, so before you settle on a domain name be sure that it is available. You can check domain availability by visiting our Domains page.

Once you find your domain name, order it together with a web hosting package. Your domain will be usable within an hour of your order.

Can I move my existing domain to SRN Hosting?

Yes. As long as your domain name is registered in your name – so make sure that your web hosting company does this before you signup! Simply update your domain name’s nameservers to your new web hosting company.

Our Support desk will assist you with every step of the changeover process.

What kinds of Domains can I choose?

We offer hundreds of different domains for your to choose from. You are probably familiar with the most common domains such as .com and .net, but there are literally hundreds of options. When you search for a domain name with SRN we will try make suggestions for newer domain types. Remember you can register more than one, and you are free to be as creative as possible.

You may want a domain linked to what your site is about such as a .store for an online store, or you may want your domain linked to a location such as a .us showing your site is relevant in the United States.

Can I change the spelling of a Domain I just bought?

Unfortunately if you have already registered a domain name, you cannot merely "swap it" for another. The process in changing your domain name to another is as follows:

  1. You will need to cancel the old domain name (If you no longer require it).
  2. You will need to register the new domain name (at full registration price)
  3. Once the new domain is registered, and setup on the server, you will need to upload the content from the old site to the new site.

How are Domain Names structured?

  • There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by the terminology associated with your domain name registration. Anyone can master our web building tools and learn a few new terms along the way. Let’s start with the building blocks of your new domain — your site’s address.
  • A web address has three components that are easy to identify; as an example, the three components of portal.srnhosting.net include: a subdomain, a second level domain, and top-level domain (TLD), in that order. So ‘portal’ is our subdomain; ‘srnhosting’ is our second level domain; and ‘.net’ is our TLD.
  • You have a lot of flexibility when it comes to choosing domain names and TLDs — what comes before and after the last period in a web address. As you’ll discover, you have the chance to create memorable websites when you use the domain name search with SRN.

What is DNS (Domain Name System) and what does it have to do with domain names?

  • Every domain name is linked to an address on the Internet called an IP Address, which is a long string of numbers. Domain names make it easier for Internet users to visit websites without having to remember this numerical address. When you visit srnhosting.net, your browser and computer read our site’s DNS records in order to locate our website’s files which are stored on a server. This almost instantaneous directing process allows your browser to access and load websites.

  • Most hosting providers automatically assign DNS records upon domain name registration. In some cases, you may wish to keep your registered domain with one company, but have your website’s files and email accounts stored on a different hosting server. This is called a DNS transfer, and can be arranged within a couple of days. You may wish to alter your DNS records if your domain registration was completed with an expensive hosting company. In this case, you can keep your registered domain but switch to a more affordable hosting provider.

How long until my Domain is live?

Our estimated turn around time for registrations is 5 minutes, however it can take between 24 and 48hrs. Delays can sometimes occur, but we do all we can to speed up the process.

What is Domain Parking?

Domain parking enables you to register and reserve a domain name for future use. It is a good way to ensure that a domain name you wish to use in the future will not be registered by someone else in the meantime. There is generally no monthly charge to park your domain.

What is Domain Forwarding / Pointing?

Domain forwarding or pointing is the rerouting of a domain name to another web address. You can point any domain name you own to any other domain name of your choice. For example: We have pointed the address www.srn.hosting to our to our website www.srnhosting.net. Thus any requests for your domain name will be automatically forwarded to any website address of your choice.

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