What does a domain name do?
Computers communicate with each other via IP addresses (e.g. 220.127.116.11), which are comparable to telephone numbers. When you link a domain name to an IP address , you make sure that your website is easy to find. It is much easier to remember ‘thisisme’ than 18.104.22.168.
You can use a ‘thisisme’ domain name
- as the location of a website (www.thisisme.be)
- as part of a personalised e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Who can register a domain name?
Both private individuals and businesses are allowed to register a domain name. Each domain name is unique and may be registered only once. If the name of your choice is already taken, you will need to look for a different name (unless you can demonstrate a legal entitlement to that particular name).
How to register a domain name
You can register a domain name only through registrars . These are companies authorised to register domain names for companies, institutions or persons. In addition to registering web addresses, a registrar also provides other services such as hosting , web design, etc.
First check if your domain name is still available, then click on 'find registrar':
- Once you have chosen a registrar, you can register your domain name in a number of easy steps.
- Your domain name is registered for one year and can be annually renewed.
- Registering a domain name does not mean that you have a website yet. For that, you will still have to do a couple of more things.
Frequently asked questions
No. You cannot come to us for a website or to register a domain name. You have to contact a registrar. A registrar leases space on his servers so that you can place your website on it (hosting) which is at the same time accessible on the internet via your domain name.
This is technically feasible. People often start to create a website on a free platform. The free domain name that you then get is a subdomain of a provider and looks something like this: www.thisisme.wordpress.com
It can be a good idea to consider registering your own domain name www.thisisme.be after a while. You will obviously not have to start all over again, but transfer the contents of www.thisisme.wordpress.com to www.thisisme.be. DNS Belgium cannot do that for you. Your registrar can establish a connection between the two websites, on condition that your registrar and the provider of your free website agree to the operation.
It is possible to register a domain name without name servers, but your domain name will not be active. A name server translates domain names into IP addresses. When someone enters your domain name in his browser, his computer will ask the name server of your website for the IP address to surf to. Without that name server, your domain name cannot be reached.
Technically, it is perfectly feasible, including without a provider, but DNS Belgium is not authorised to help you on that front. We only make all the connections with name servers (to which your domain name is connected), not with web servers.
The only thing that we have to know to be able to do that is which name server your domain name will be connected to. We get this information from the registrar where you registered your domain name.
No. At DNS Belgium you can not register any domain name, irrespective of the extension. We are the registry for .be, .brussels and .vlaanderen. But with these extensions too, you have to register your domain name with a registrar.