Why Register Your Domain Name With Us?
In operation since February 2010, Webfire has nearly three years of hosting and domain registration experience under our belt. We understand that without fantastic customer service, we will have no company. This understanding leads us to offer personal, 24-hour customer support for each of our clients. Additionally, we specialize with small to medium-sized websites and companies, allowing us to connect on a more personal level than if we were to work with larger websites. We use leading, up-to-date hardware and software brands for your business needs and offer a control panel that is easy to master, even if you have no prior experience with website creation. Since we are based in New Zealand, we offer plenty of locally-based domain name extensions in addition to traditionally known international ones.
Domain Name FAQ
Domain Name Questions and Answers
What is a domain name?
A domain name is a physical point on the world wide web also known as IP address. Similar to phone numbers, the domain name represents a system or a website across the internet and makes it available instantly with the click of a mouse. It is this important element of a website that keeps the real IP address invisible to users. The authority that governs the coordination of these domain names uses Domain Name System or DNS as a standard for assigning the names.
What can I do with my domain name?
By registering a personal domain name, you can create a website for personal use or business. If your intention is to create the website at a later date, you can use it as a start webpage that can be accessed from anywhere in the world instead of storing it locally. Domain names can be used to obtain a permanent email address bypassing other webmail client services. This lets you establish a unique identity on the internet. Not only that, domain names registered through a provider can be resold to other individuals, companies or even leased for short or long term. Having domain names registered this way, is a great way to make money on the side.
What is a domain extension e.g. .com or .co.nz?
Domain Name System or DNS, invented in the 1980s, allows names to be associated with the intended website for identifying it, instead of attaching the long IP address. This system makes it easier for both professionals and novice users in typing and accessing the website. Every name comes with an extension such as com, org and co.nz, that would further classify the website as personal, commercial or official. For example, the most popular extension that follows the name, namely .com, that is mainly used for commercial entities, can be registered by anyone using the internet. The domain extension .gov, derived from the word “government” is solely used by government entities.
What is Webmail and how does it work with a domain name?
Webmail, short for Web-based email, is an email client application accessed through a web browser. Examples for webmail include Yahoo mail, Hotmail, Gmail and AOL mail. This service is provided in various forms by the webmail providers, such as desktop email available as a standard feature in some operating systems, internet webmail provided by the above mentioned clients and email client as part of the email service that comes with ISP packaage.
How do I choose a domain name that is right for me?
Before choosing a domain name, it is important to see the entire world of internet with a user’s eye. Good name is good name whether or not it reflects the style of the website. The domain name should be unique, in the sense, having an already chosen name with little variation is not only confusing but a recipe for failure. The name should be easy to type, meaningful to remember and as short as possible so that it can easily fit on offline media like personal or business cards. Avoiding hyphenated names, using multiple extensions, avoiding vulgar words are some of the rules one can follow. Steer clear of the names that are hard to understand and completely different from what your website is all about.
How do I check to see if my domain is available?
The easiest way to find if the domain is available is to type the name in the search field provided in this website, with or without extension. As soon as the name is entered, the page displays the required result instantly.
How do I register my domain name?
Registering the domain name of your liking is as easy as pie. All you have to do is contact us through our online contact form with the required information and you are ready to go. Note that, registering your domain name gives you the right to possess the name for one year or more depending on the type of package you choose.
What is WHOIS information?
WHOIS, popularly known among domain name finders, is a large database of domain name owners and their contact addresses. The authority that regulates website registration and its ownership called ICANN, also coordinates the activities in this database. This is the most useful way to maintain the information related to a website and its integrity, hence a reliable tool for many corporate companies and individuals to procure ownership.
Each WHOIS record in the database contains the contact information of the owner(the registrant), the date of registration of the website in question, name and contact information associated with the organization that helped register the domain name(the registrar), recent updates if any and the year when the registration of the website will expire.