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This frequently asked questions section should answer most of your Domain  Name questions. If you need further assistance, please click the link at the bottom of this page to submit your question and possibly have it added to this section.

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I currently have a domain name but no hosting services. Who would you recommend?

PharSide offers full domain name and hosting support for all design related project. We will help you choose the right hosting company, package and server platform (OS) based on your project specifications and necessary server configuration. You may also want to review our recommending hosting company page.

What is a domain name?

The most common types of domain names are hostnames that provide more memorable names to stand in for numeric IP addresses. They allow for any service to move to a different location in the topology of the Internet (or an intranet), which would then have a different IP address.

By allowing the use of unique alphabetical addresses instead of numeric ones, domain names allow Internet users to more easily find and communicate with web sites and other server-based services. The flexibility of the domain name system allows multiple IP addresses to be assigned to a single domain name, or multiple domain names to be assigned to a single IP address. This means that one server may have multiple roles (such as hosting multiple independent Web sites), or that one role can be spread among many servers. One IP address can also be assigned to several servers, as used in anycast and hijacked IP space.

What should I do if I already have several domain names?

Not a problem. This is very common and normally we suggest that you choose the best one for your main domain. This should be the one you use for your e-mail (yourname@yourfavdomain.com) and your website (www.yourfavdomain.com). You may also forward other domains to this domain from the same host or other registrars. PharSide offers full hosting support and domain name management included with all of our projects for most hosting environments.

For our CMS/e-commerce (dynamic database driven sites), one domain is sually required to manage the system as these types of applications require the system to be installed on one unique domain name. This domain name can be changed fairly easily - but again - we suggest selecting your favorite or easiest to remember domain as your main one.

What is the difference between a domain name registrar and a hosting company?

A domain registrar is:
A domain name registrar is a company accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and/or by a national ccTLD authority to register Internet domain names. These "retail" companies are often distinct from the "wholesale" domain name registry operator.

A hosting company is:
A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to provide their own websites accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own for use by their clients as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Webhosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for servers they do not own to be located in their data center, called colocation.

In some cases (i.e. GoDaddy, 1and1 and others) companies will offer both services among others.

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