Our most frequently asked questions and answers regarding domains can be found below
What is the domain name system?
The Domain Name System (DNS) helps users to find their way around the Internet. Every computer on the Internet has a unique address - just like a telephone number - which is a rather complicated string of numbers. It is called its "IP address" (IP stands for "Internet Protocol"). IP Addresses are hard to remember. The DNS makes using the Internet easier by allowing a familiar string of letters (the "domain name") to be used instead of the arcane IP address. So instead of typing 126.96.36.199, you can type www.hostcow.co.za. It is a "mnemonic" device that makes addresses easier to remember.
What does it mean to "register" a domain name?
When you register a domain name, you are inserting an entry into a directory of all the domain names and their corresponding computers on the Internet.
How do I register a domain name?
Hostcow can provide you with that service, we register the domain on behalf of the client that make use of our hosting services. We will allow our clients to do the registrations themselves and just point their NS records or A records to our server for hosting their website.
Will my name and contact information be publicly available?
Information about who is responsible for domain names is publicly available to allow rapid resolution of technical problems and to permit enforcement of consumer protection, trademark, and other laws. The registrar will make this information available to the public on a "Whois" site. It is however possible to register a domain in the name of a third party, as long as they agree to accept responsibility.
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. We will contact customers via email about 30 days before the domain is due for renewal. You can then decide whether to renew the domain name or not. Your first domain is free and you will receive a Payment confirmation that the domain was paid. We always ask customers to ensure that their email address is valid, working and up-to-date, to ensure they get all messages that was send to them.
How much does a domain-name registration name cost?
Each registrar sets the price it charges for registering names, and prices vary significantly among different registrars. Our domain name registration pricing will become available once you search for domains.