What is a domain name?
A domain name, such as www.greatertechgroup.com is simply a way to uniquely identify your website from all the other sites in the Internet. Just as your mailing address is unique in the world, so is every domain name. If they were not unique it would be impossible to accurately deliver anything to its proper location. The name that you register is called a URL, which stands for Uniform Resource Locater. It is used by the Internet Name Servers to locate your web site.
The suffix you attach to your website usually indicates what type of site it is. The suffix '.com' usually means company, or commercial. The suffix '.org' usually means a non-profit organization. The suffix '.net' usually means a network provider. There are other special suffixes that you will not be dealing with (.mil, .gov, .edu, .us, etc).
How do I check the availability of a domain name?
You can check the availability of a domain name simply by going to the Domain Bank Whois page. It will tell you if a domain is already registered and to whom. If it is not already taken then you can also register it through Domain Bank
Why do I have to register a domain name?
Registration of a domain name causes it to be reserved for your use, and only for your use on the Inte
rnet. No one else can ever use that name on the Internet. When you hire a company to host your website, then the domain name is assigned a permanent unique IP number.
How do I register a domain name?
Registering has never been easier. You can ask us to register your domain name for you, and there will be no additional charge. Or you can go to the Domain Bank web site and register the domain name yourself.
Can you register my domain?
Yes we can register your domain name for you. We use the services of Domain Bank, and all the revenue goes to them. If you are interested in this service, please go to our Name Registration page.
How much does it cost to register a domain name?
The fee for two years registration is $70 (US), and the fee for five years is $150 (US). Please visit our Name Registration page for additional information on costs.
How long will it take for my domain to become active?
It generally takes 2 to 3 days for Domain Bank to setup and complete your domain registration. When the process is completed, Domain Bank will send the website Technical Contact an e-mail indicating they have finished.
Does Greater Technology Group build and maintain Web Pages?
Greater Technology Group hosts websites on our server, and we also design and build new web sites from scratch. We can also maintain existing web sites, on our server, or on other servers. Please see our Website Design page for further information.
How long will it take for my web site to be active?
Once your domain name registration is completed, you will be notified by Domain Bank. At that point we assign your domain name a unique IP number, and set up your site on our server. We also notify Domain Bank that your site is being hosted on our server, so they can update the Whois database. We also notify the upstream Domain Name Server in the Internet so they can insert your domain name and IP number into the network. All of this usually takes 2-3 days.
Do I have to purchase web hosting when I register my domain?
No, you do not. If you choose to register your domain without purchasing web hosting, your domain will be registered, but it will not 'point' anywhere. To have your domain 'point' to a web site you will need to have your web site 'hosted'.
How often can I update my site?
You may update your site as many times as you wish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How long will it take to transfer my site to the Greater Technology Group server?
From the time the paperwork is finalized with us, it can take 2-5 days for the change to take effect. During that time we will set up your site on our server, and download all of your pages and images from your existing site. Then we will test your site on our server, to make sure everything is working perfectly before the site is disconnected from the existing server.
Can multiple domains point to the same HTML page?
Yes, multiple domains can point to the same site. Each domain points to the root directory of the main site just like the primary domain, it cannot point to a sub directory.
To request this setup, send an email request to: firstname.lastname@example.org specifically stating the domain(s) you would like to point to which domain.
What is CGI?
CGI stands for "Common Gateway Interface" and is simply a way to transfer information from web pages to the web server, or vice versa. CGI scripts are programmed in C++ or Perl languages. They are usually interpreted at run time, when the user requests a service. The program objects must be located on the web server instead of on the client. We support CGI scripts on our server.
Is my website listed in any Search Engines?
The following listings can help with getting your site listed in the various search engines, and it will help you get your domain name presence out there on the Internet. These links are availble to you and should be used to maximize the value of your website.
Multiple Listing Services.
Web Page Analyzers.
Find Broken Links
Phone Book Listings.
Yahoo Yellow Pages
Professional Web Listing Services.
Submit It Online
Top 10 Promotions
Promote Your Website
Professional Web Listing Software.
Add Web Pro
Other places to List your site.
Better Business Bureau
Chamber of Commerce