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Who Is Netsouth?

Netsouth Computer Services(NCS) is an Internet/PC consulting firm set up to provide Website design, graphics/image design, ecommerce on-line web store setup, digital image services, web page hosting, web page/site maintenance, virtual vision 360-degree property tours, streaming audio,and general marketing services appropriate to the Internet. Our mission is to assist companies, businesses, organizations and individuals in establishing an effective presence on the Internet. 

What is a domain name?

A domain name is an Internet address (example: some-company.com). This is the convention used to access a Website. Many people use domain names to promote their business. A registrant would go through a registrar to register a domain name with the registry. 

Are there any rules for registering a domain names?

A domain name can contain the English-language letters A through Z, and the digits 0 through 9. You can also use hyphens, but hyphens cannot begin or end your domain name. Spaces and special characters (i.e. - !, $, &, #, etc.) are never permitted. It must be a minimum of 3 characters, and a maximum length of 67 characters. 

How do I find out if the domain name I want is available?

You can check the availability of a domain by doing a Whois check. This check will show where the domain is registered, the contact information (registrant, administrator, technical, and billing), the registration created date, expiration date, updated date, and the DNS name server information (where it is pointed to). 

What can I do if the domain name I want has already been registered?

If your domain name is already registered with someone else you can backorder your domain name or if the domain name you choose is not available, try checking variations of the domain and/or with the other extensions. For example if you want "yourcompany.com" and it is not available, try "yourcompany.biz" or "yourcompany.info." Keep in mind some names may be trademarked. 

Who do I list as the contacts on the registration?

A domain name should generally be registered to the owner/president/CEO/chairman of the business/organization or to the business/organization itself. The business/organization should also be listed as the billing contact. The web master or IT person of the business should be listed as the administrator and/or technical contact. 

Will I be able to access my domain name with or without the WWW?

Yes, you will be able to access the domain name with or without the WWW in front. Many web hosting providers do now provide this capability. For example, you can access the domain name "mydomain.com" by going to "www.mydomain.com" as well as "mydomain.com". 

What are name servers and why do I need them?

Put simply, name servers are what ties a domain name to an IP address. You can obtain name servers from your hosting provider. When you host with Netsouth and select us to do the domain name registration then Netsouth name servers will be used in setting up your site for access. Name server information would look something like:
Name Server. Host Name. Name Server IP Address

Can I check domain name availability?

Yes. You can check domain availability direct from our Website. 

Does Netsouth handle domain registration?

Netsouth will register new domain names with InterNIC for you.  We charge a registration fee for this and we register it in YOUR name.

If you have an existing domain we will fill out and send you a modify domain name template to forward to hostmaster@internic.net. When Internic announces the completion of the transfer, there is a 72 hourpropagation period where visitors could go to either site. At the end of the 72 hours you should contact the previous host to have them delete the old domain from their records and update their DNS record. If you use this same provider for your Internet access you will not be able to access your domain site at ncsnet.com until they update their DNS.   During the propagation period persons accessing your site will be going to both sites until all are eventually accessing the new site hosted by Netsouth. The process should be seamless. 

Can I transfer an existing domain name to Netsouth?

Yes. When you contact us be sure to specify that you are requesting a transfer and NOT a new domain. You should keep the service at the present site while waiting for Internic to complete the transfer. We will provide you with a temporary directory so that you can mirror the site on our server. All email and web pages will still be accessed from your current site until propagation is complete.  If you experience difficulties getting your domain name modified please contact us and we'll assist in resolving the problem. 

How long does it take before my domain name is active?

Once the InterNIC announces that your domain name has been registered (or transferred, if applicable), it usually takes about 72-hours before it is active. All internet providers must update their records (DNS tables) to reflect new site locations. This is called propagation. 

What is the Netsouth fee for domain registration?

The Netsouth fee is $25.00 to register a new domain name. This is a one time setup fee. Annual renewal for your name after the first year is $35. Experience has shown that the registration process results in a 24-hour turn around time for completion. Once this is completed Netsouth will then configure and setup your domain for immediate use. We then invoice you $35 for the registration of your domain PLUS a registration fee of $25.  

Can multiple domains point to the same HTML files ?

In general, if you have more than one domain account at Netsouth we can point each domain address to the same HTML files. There is a $45 fee to mirror sites. 

How long does a registration last? Can it be renewed?

Each registrar has the flexibility to offer initial and renewal registrations in one-year increments, with a total registration period limit of ten years. 

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