Sometimes you will hear marketing people say ``Web address.'' The correct term is domain name. Marketing people sometimes say ``address extension.'' The correct term is top level domain name.
A Green candidate should register GREENJANESMITH.ORG, not JANE4ASSEMBLY2002.ORG.
An effort to|
democratize the DNS
Top level domain names
belong to the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers.
to create and rent
second level domain names (such as
notice the one dot)
to organizations and individuals.
|(The Registrar's Web sites and the media always say the Registrar "sells" the name, but it seems to me it's a rental agreement. The "owner" pays the Registrar to mention his name servers to the Master Registry of known name servers and remember to do it again as needed during the year.)|
We've had good results with registrars GANDI, GKG, and 007 Names. We've had bad experiences with these registrars to avoid.
A registrant (such as Green Party of California)
is allowed to create third level domain names.
Most registrants create third level domain names
Here in California we defined one we could put on literature
for our slate of candidates.
Notice the two dots in
A Registrar might say "primary name server." They mean "master." They might say "secondary." They mean "slave."
Some registrars want to sell you name service. In most cases you should get master name service from your Web host. If your registrar offers free slave name service, take it.
Free slave name service:
Zoneedit (It's hidden in the advanced settings.),
The Public DNS.
$20 one time: MyDynDNS Secondary DNS.
|server's name||server's IP address|
Please do not buy ``Web forwarding'' or name service from your Registrar if you do not understand exactly what those services do. If you buy them, you will be responsible for your own name service. In that case, read the section below, ``What if you don't want my name service.''
What to tell your Registrar about me:
CS383-GANDI. Use that for Technical Contact. You will have to create a new ID for your Administrative and Billing Contacts.
If the name is truly useless, log into your Registrar account and do the Registrar's procedure for terminating a domain name registration. Then (here's where the Key Value of ``Personal Responsibility'' comes in) do a thorough Web search for links to your now-useless name. Notify every Web author that the link is no good.
If there is any chance the name you have registered will continue to be valuable to progressive organizers, keep it alive! Transfer it to a cheap registrar (see above) and find someone to adopt it. Whatever you do, don't just walk away and let the contact info go bad.
Suppose, for example, that you're the Dean of Eclectic Studies at Exact Middle Pleat University. The school's Gothic Information Services (GIS) department administers the DNS zone EXAMPLE.EDU and they have agreed to let you locate VERDES.EXAMPLE.EDU with me, but they refused to delegate it to me as a DNS zone of its own. That is, they will run your DNS and I will run your Web and mail servers.
Ask them to install the following Resource Records:
Troubleshooting your DNS with the
The ".USA domain" is a scam.