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If you want to publish your Web site for other Internet users to visit, you need to find a host. Hopefully, you'll be able to find a hosting company that offers reliable service, quality technical support and a simple interface.

You don't always have to pay for your hosting service. Some Web hosts give you free space. Should you choose the free option, or should you pay a few dollars per month in exchange for the service?

The answer: that depends on the host! No matter what, if anything, a


Here are the top ten most frequently asked questions regarding on Internet domain name registration:

Q1. Which characters are allowed in Internet domain names?

A: For normal ASCII domain names, the letters a-z, the numbers 0-9, and one special character, the hyphen or dash. Note that domains cannot start or end with a hyphen. For the new tested IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names), the full range of Unicode characters are available. This allows nearly all of the languages on the planet to be


What is a domain name?

The main purpose of a domain name is to provide symbolic representations, i.e., recognizable names, to mostly numerically addressed Internet resources. This abstraction allows any resource (e.g., website) to be moved to a different physical location in the address topology of the network, globally or locally in an intranet, in effect changing the IP address. This translation from domain names to IP addresses (and vice versa) is accomplished with the global



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