Why you should register your domain name
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 email address (email@example.com)
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.
- Once you have chosen a registrar, you can register your domain name in a number of easy steps.
- 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.