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What is a domain name?

A domain name is the Internet address you type in a browser to locate and reach a company or another entity on the Internet. An example of a domain name is www.mydomain.com. Most people want to get a short domain name, corresponding to their activities. That said, most of the unique single-word domain names have already been taken. As a whole, there are over 112 million active domains only for .com, .net, .org, .info., biz, .us TLDs, 82 million of which are .com TLD alone. Every month there are over 420 thousand newly registered .com TLDs. You can have a free domain name registration with some of our hosting packages.

Why should I get a domain name?

  • Having a domain makes you look more professional and increase the confidence in what you are doing.
  • The sooner you register, the likelier it is to find your desired domain name still available.
  • Search engine ranking is better when your site uses a top level domain.
  • Utilize your own domain name e.g. www.yourname.com
  • Get a free domain name registration with some hosting packages
  • Improve your brand recognition.

Get your free .COM domain registration right here!

Are you starting a new website? We’ve proved to 2.5 million people that AwardSpace is a reliable hosting provider. Now, as a bonus, you get a free .COM domain registration with our shared and semi-dedicated hosting plans.

You are not limited only to a free .com domain registration. Other TLDs like .net, .org, .us, .info, and .biz are also available for new signups.
The Max Pack Plus plan comes with 2 free domains for life instead of one.

**Hosting plans that offer free domains for life:

Web Pro Plus Plan

1 free domain for life

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Max Pack Plus Plan

2 free domain for life

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Semi-Dedicated Plans

1 free domain for life

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What is TLD / SLD / ccTLD / ccSLD?

TLD is short for top-level domain and represents the last part of the domain name. For example in the domain name awardspace.com, the .com is the top-level domain. An SLD stands for a second-level domain and designates the word before the TLD. In the example above “awardspace” is the SLD. A ccTLD stands for a country-code top-level domain, examples are .us and .eu domains. A ccSLD is county-code second-level domain e.g. .co.uk, .org.uk, etc. A gTLD, or generic top-level domain, is used to describe domains not generally associated with a particular country e.g. .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .edu, .name, .gov, .int, .mil, .pro, .aero, .coop, .museum.

What TLD / SLD / ccTLD / ccSLD do we offer?

Even though the most desired domains are .com domains, we offer a variety of other top-level-domains as well as second-level-domains and country-code top-level domains. We believe that offering the full range of top level domains is useful to many of our customers.
AWARDSPACE.COM offers 20 + different domain extensions:

  • gTLDs (generic top-level domains):  .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .asia, .mobi
  • ccTLDs (country-code top-level domains):  .us, .eu, .de, .uk, .ca, .tv, .me, .be, .cc, .tw, .jp
  • ccSLDs (country-code second-level domains):  .co.uk, .org.uk 

What is a domain name transfer and how to transfer a domain?

A domain name transfer is the process of changing the registrar of a domain name. A domain name registrar is a company accredited to manage reservations/transfers of Internet domain names observing some guidelines and rules.

In short, a domain name transfer happens when the company that you registered the domain name with gets changed while the owner of the domain name (you) stays the same. The only person who may initiate and finish a domain name transfer is the sole owner of the domain name.

What you get if you transfer your domain to us:

  • 1 Year Domain Renewal
  • Full WHOIS control
  • One Company in Charge
  • 24/7 Customer Support
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  • Full DNS Control
  • Full WHOIS Control
  • EPP Key Control
  • Domain Locking Control

You need to know the following information for the domain transfer:

  • The domain transfer is possible ONLY if you own this domain
  • The domain must be registered and not expired
  • The domain must be at least 60 days old
  • The domain must be with OK status (Unlocked)
  • The EPP key from the current registrar is needed to start a domain transfer

Why is my domain’s WHOIS information public?

WHOIS is a public database containing the contact information of all registered and active domains and their owners. ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the authority binding all domain registrars to make newly registered domains and their contact information publicly available. This public information is best used when verifying a domain ownership or, for example, when the domain is transferred or is being investigated for illegal activities on the Internet such as copyright violations, etc.

What is Domain Privacy Protection?

When you register a domain, your private personal information including name, address, phone number, and email address is listed in the so-called WHOIS of the domain, which is publicly available. The Domain Privacy Protection service legally replaces the WHOIS details, covering Administrative, Technical and Billing contacts of your domain’s WHOIS record with generic Domain Privacy Protected contact details. After buying a Domain Privacy Protection service you still own and control your domain. You can still sell, renew, transfer or change settings to your domain name anytime you want.

Unprotected WHOIS of a domain VS Domain Privacy Protected WHOIS

  • Organization Name: John Smith Productions, LLC.
  • First Name: John
  • Last Name: Smith
  • Address 1: 12 Main St
  • Address 2:
  • City: Hollister
  • State: CA
  • Zip Code: 95023
  • Country: United States
  • Phone: (555) 555-1234
  • Email: johnsmith@johnsmithprod.com
  • Organization Name: Whois Privacy Protection Service
  • First Name: Whois
  • Last Name: Agent
  • Address 1: PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St – F1
  • Address 2: C/O johnsmithprod.com
  • City: Bellevue
  • State: WA
  • Zip Code: 98007
  • Country: United States
  • Phone: (425) 274-0657
  • Email: gmvjcxkxh@whoisprivacyprotect.com

Why would you need Privacy Protection and what are the benefits?

By registering a domain name you automatically agree to WHOIS listing your full name, physical address, email address and telephone number under the domain’s name. According to ICANN’s (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) rules and regulations anyone can look up the WHOIS data on a domain name. This became good and free opportunity for spammers, hackers and all types of scammers to use that data for illegal activities. At the very least you can be exposed to unsolicited commercial email (SPAM), other junk email and telemarketing calls. Domain Privacy Protection is the service that guards a domain’s WHOIS data from being publicly displayed and therefore from unwanted solicitations and scams.

How can I add Domain Privacy WHOIS protection?

Domain Privacy Protection is a service that we offer only for domains registered with or transferred to us. The domain has to be registered first. Right after that, you can add Domain Privacy Protection from your Domain Name Control Panel, New Domains & Services menu.

Important: If you already have a domain name with us and do not have access to your Domain Name Control Panel, feel free to contact our Customer Support requesting access to your Domain Name Control Panel. You may contact Customer Support from your Web Hosting, Support Center, Trouble Tickets.