If you opt to register through your ISP, just call or email your customer service representative. If you’d rather do it yourself, you need the following information before you start:
- your proposed domain name
- your name and email address
- your street address and phone number
- two domain server IP addresses
Computers don’t care about fancy names; they need numbers. And every domain name actually refers – in the bowels of the InterNIC computers–to an Internet protocol (IP) address. You’ve probably seen them sneak by when you’ve set up a dialer. The IP address is a string of four 8-bit numbers, called a dotted octet. When you get a domain name assigned, you also get an IP address. But it’s a whole lot easier to type in http://www.enterthegroup.com/ than to remember all those numbers.
The IP address actually comes from your service provider once your domain name has been registered. registrar allocates groups of those numbers to the various providers. Keep in mind, though, that the domain name you register with InterNIC is yours and can be moved to another service provider.
So if you use only one IP address, why do you need two to register with registrar? It’s simply a way for InterNIC to check your reliability; if you supply two valid IP addresses, you become credible in the registrar’s eyes.
To get the required IP addresses for registration, contact your service provider and find out what its policy is for assigning IP addresses. Some ISPs charge you up front for the addresses; others offer them for free, waiting to charge you when they actually hook you up to an address. Follow the company’s procedures, and you’ll be sent two IP addresses in dotted octet form. Copy them into your computer’s clipboard so you can paste them into the domain name registration form later.
Now you’re ready to register your domain name.