What’s The Definition Of Web Hosting

Maybe you have been surfing online for several years now. Perhaps you have created accounts on a few social networks and you consider yourself to be an expert at handling email and RSS feeds. But as far as website creation and management goes, you are basically a newbie. So, you hired someone to design your website. Now, though, you are supposed to make a decision about web hosting–and you aren’t even sure what that is.

Don’t worry–web hosting isn’t a difficult concept to understand. In fact, after reading this short article, you will be able to answer when other people ask, “What is the definition of web hosting?” So, read on–and you will soon be on your way to understanding why you need a web host for your website.

Perhaps the easiest way to think of web hosting is to imagine your website as a house that has been built in a factory, but that needs land on which to be placed. A web host would be the land for your website; hosting providers give websites a place to live.

Another way to understand the definition of web hosting might be to think of a web host as another computer that has a great deal of space. Customers pay to put their websites on that space–the space on the web host–which allows their sites to be displayed online.

People who are just a bit more technical might understand that the web host is not merely another computer; web hosts provide the space for their customers on servers. A server is a specialized type of computer that acts as a hub to connect computers. Servers store and manage information as well; this is why they are used by web hosts for their customers’ websites. Another function of servers is that they provide data backup and storage. They also serve to provide email and internet access–chances are, you have already been using servers before when surfing the internet and accessing your own email. The servers for web hosting providers aren’t all that different; they just hold more information.

So, why do you need web hosting for your website? The short answer is that without it, no one except for you will be able to see your website. You need web hosting in order for your website to be live; in other words, web hosting allows the world to have access to your site. There are also other services that are provided by web hosting providers.

Through a web hosting provider, you will be able to register a domain name–this is the address of your website, such as mywebsite.com. You will also be able to have an email address at your domain name through which people (customers and clients, perhaps?) can contact you. Your email may be something like myname@mywebsite.org. A web host also allows you to back up your data online, manage the look of your site, and much more. At rightbiz.net you can register a domain name to use with our free hosting plan, and only upgrade if and when you’re ready to do so.

3 Tips To Buying Domain Names

To truly own and control your very own online business you need to start with a domain name, and that’s why despite all the free resources online you should buy domain names… as many as you can, though just like all investments, not all domain names are going to be equally valued, some will be worth more than others.

You can register your own company name, but to pick out a good domain name, which will enhance not only your business and how much you could sell the website for down the road, but also to help your site be found through search engines, is something of a science. Here are a few elements you should consider when you buy your domain name:

1. The first thing you need to do is to identify the niche your new website will be in. What product or service will you be promoting? Once you’ve figured that out you should do keyword research to find a list of great keywords that get a lot of searches every month. Those keywords should be the domain name. For example, if my site was on dog grooming and I found a great keyword: dog grooming clippers. Than I would try to get a domain name something like: dog grooming clippers.com.

This is a great way to get a lot of traffic to your website for free. Why? Because you already know from your keyword research that the term dog grooming clippers gets a lot of monthly searches, so many of those searches will be sent right to your website since that is the domain name. This one step can help you get a lot more targeted visitors for free.

2. There are a lot of places online where you can buy domain names. NameCheap, RightBiz.net and CrazyDomains are three of the most common, and one’s I’ve personally used. If you want to find more just visit some internet marketing forums and ask for opinions, or do a search. Domain names are inexpensive usually around $10 a year at the most. Many sites offer sales or multiple domain discounts.

3. There is a lot of conflicting opinions about whether or not you should get any domain with a different extension such as .net or .org for example. Personally, I will use a .com, .net or .org. I’ve found that any of them work very well for my needs and .net are quite cheap. You’ll have to find what works best for you, but you need to remember something: many people will say that customers will forget a long URL or a different extension, which is true, but how do you target the majority of your customers?

If you aren’t handing out business cards and expecting them to type in the domain name then it’s not such a big issue. Most of the traffic I get is either from searches or from online marketing and in all cases my website visitors just have to click on a link which is why I think having different extensions hasn’t had a negative impact on my business.

Take the time to establish your internet presence, don’t get fooled into thinking that going the ‘free’ route with a free blog is the best way to go. If you don’t buy domain names and rely solely on the free services you don’t actually own your own online business and you don’t present a professional image.

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Weekly Domain Investing News Roundup – Friday, August 16th, 2019

Domain Investing News

Hello, happy Friday, and welcome to my weekly Domain Investing news roundup. Below are some of the top stories that caught my eye this week, and if you just want a quick update before you head into the weekend, here’s a brief summary of this week’s news below.

Weekly domain investing news brief:

The week started out with Neustar announcing that they will be taking control of .COMPARE and .SELECT and will also become the backend provider for .VU. News also broke this week of what could possibly be the worst new domain extension on the planet, a spelling of .eu using two greek letters that resemble an “e” and a “u” – yikes!

Popular domain sales catalog NameBio released an API giving people and companies direct access to over $1.8B in domain sales data. Speaking of sales data, Uniregistry released data on their top 20 sales this week with Wearly.com taking the cake at $25,000. Something very interesting also happened this week when it comes to sales numbers with Shopping.uk locking in the #1 spot at $56,055.

Efty debuted a new Marketplace theme called Spinoza this week and Radix shared their 2019 premium domain report going into the second half of the week. There has also been some discussion about hotel options for NamesCon Austin with some people expressing concern around pricing, Alvin (who lives in Austin) shared some alternative options for those looking for less expensive options.

To end the week, Sedo released the results from their .UK domain auction, the top sale was Big.uk at 4,350 GBP which comes out to around $5,200 USD.

Weekly domain investing news stories:

  • Neustar takes control of two new gTLDs (read more on Domain Incite)
  • Worst domain extension will soon launch (read more on OnlineDomain.com)
  • NameBio rolls out an API for interactive domain name data queries (read more on DomainGang)
  • Neustar new backend provider for .vu (read more on TheDomains)
  • Who bought the top 20 sales at Uniregistry this week (read more on Domain Name Wire)
  • A ccTLD & a .Com That Was Quickly Flipped for a 400% Profit Top This Week’s Sales Chart (read more on DNJournal)
  • Presenting Spinoza. The Sixth Efty Marketplace Theme. (read more on the Efty Blog)
  • Radix 2019 premium domains report (read more on OnlineDomain.com)
  • 9 Alternative Hotel Options for NamesCon 2020 (read more on TheDomains)
  • Sedo’s .UK Auction Results (read more on DomainInvesting.com)

I hope you all had a great week, if you think I missed a story that should have been included in here, feel free to mention it in the comment section below.

Of course, if you want to share your thoughts on any of the news from this week, share away – I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

.IE Grows 40% In 5 Years, With Recent Brexit-Fuelled Surge: IEDR

Ireland’s ccTLD .ie has grown 40% in 5 years the latest .IE Domain Profile Report published this week by IE Domain Registry shows, fuelled by a registration rule change, a buoyant economy, Brexit and social network limitations.

There were over a quarter of a million (273,156) registrations at the end of June 2019, up more than 8% year-on-year and 39.7% in 5 years. The majority of these were registered by businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs. At 30 June 2018 there were 252,22 domain names for Ireland’s country code top-level domain, and 195,440 as of 30 June 2014. Registrations have increased each year during this period.

Over 9 in 10 (91.2%/249,147) .ie domain names are registered in the Island of Ireland and the vast majority of these (98.4%/245,231) in the Republic of Ireland and 3,916 in Northern Ireland. There were 24,009 .ie domain names registered internationally, 8.8% of all domains, with 41.2% (9,895) of these to registrants in Great Britain, 18.2% (4,392) to USA registrants and 2,114 (8.8%) to German registrants.

Growth in .ie domain names from 30 June 2014 to 30 June 2019: source IEDR

Looking at new registrations, here there was a decrease of 5.9%, but the registry IEDR puts this down to a direct result of the ‘post-liberalisation cooldown’ trend. In March 2018, IE Domain Registry ‘liberalised’ .ie registration rules by making it easier and faster for people to register a .ie domain by removing the requirement for registrants to prove their claim to their desired .ie domain (evidence of a connection to Ireland is still required). This resulted in an unprecedented surge in new .ie registrations in the H1 2018 period; registrations have since returned to normal growth levels.

The .ie domain remains an extremely popular way for Irish businesses to demonstrate their authenticity and trustworthiness to local and international customers: 80.2% of the total .ie database is comprised of companies and self-employed entrepreneurs, up 4% year-on-year.

New .ie registrations by individuals grew by 26.4% year-on-year, which speaks to the growing trend of using websites to build a permanent, personal space on the internet, free from many of the limitations of social networks.

Analysis of .ie domain names by geography as of 30 June 2019: source IEDR

While the post-liberalisation cool down trend also affected new registrations from Great Britain, comparing H1 2019 registrations to H1 2017, registrations shows an 18.9% surge, indicating an ongoing ‘Brexit effect’ as companies move to secure online assets in Ireland. British-registered .ie domains now make up 42% of the 24,009 domains registered abroad.

“The total .ie database has grown significantly over the last five years, and particularly since March 2018 when we removed the ‘claim to a name’ registration requirement,” said David Curtin, Chief Executive of IE Domain Registry. “This change made it easier and faster for people with a connection to Ireland to secure their domain of choice.”

“.ie remains the digital gold standard for Irish businesses, entrepreneurs, communities, and individuals that want to build or enhance their online presence. For Irish businesses that sell online, .ie represents authenticity and trustworthiness, factors that are hugely important for e-commerce and consumers’ peace of mind. For individuals, a .ie domain has benefits over a social media presence, particularly in terms of control over content and reach, which many social networks restrict as they continue to change their algorithms.

“Positive increases in domain resales indicate a growing global recognition of the intrinsic value of the .ie brand, while the long-term growth in .ie domain registrations from Great Britain suggests that more British businesses are securing their online assets in Ireland ahead of any potential Brexit-related migration.”

At county level, Derry recorded the largest increase in new .ie registrations in H1 2019 (+30.3%), albeit from a low base, followed by Laois (+28.5%) and Roscommon (+15.6%). Leitrim, with 101 new domains, recorded the largest decrease (-43.5%) in new .ie registrations.

Other tidbits published in the report include:

  • 39.3% of .ie websites had SSL (security) certificates at the end of H1 2019, a 58.5% increase year-on-year. Google now downgrades search results for websites without SSL certs.
  • the ten most popular keywords in .ie domain names are care, Ireland, Irish, tech, green, house, service, home, Dublin and food.
  • 39 .ie domain names have a fada, a 39% increase year-on-year.
  • .ie domains for sale for over €50,000 include: sl.ie, baby.ie, sunhotels.ie, billionaire.ie and blockchain.ie.
  • The five most visited .ie domains are: Google.ie, Donedeal.ie, Daft.ie, Independent.ie and RTE.ie.
  • The busiest day ever for new .ie registrations: 21 March 2018, the day .ie liberalisation was implemented, when 699 new .ie domains were registered.

The full report can be downloaded from the IEDR website here [pdf].

When something goes wrong, is it you or the extension?

Today: At what point do you… / RJ (Founder of namePros) makes the news / New .DESIGN Domains for $11.99 / and More…

Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today!

Buying home audio/sound/stereo based name – budget up to $1,000.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these home audio, sound, or stereo based domain names if you’re looking for some quick spending cash this weekend.

(dot) food extension – Are you investing into the new gTLD .food? Share some of your experience and research with other .food investors and compare notes with their findings.

9 Alternative Hotel Options for NamesCon 2020 – If you’re going to be attending Namecon 2020 in Austin, Texas, this might be interesting to check out so you can find the most cost effective place to stay for the event.

RJ (Founder of namePros) makes the news – For those of you domain investors that remember RJ (Founder of namePros), this might be a cool fast forward article for you to see what he’s up to today.

New .DESIGN Domains for $11.99 – Are you investing into the new gTLD .design at all? If so and you’re looking to save a little on your next registration, this might be a good deal for you.

At what point do you… – What do you think? Is there ever a point where one completely stops investing in domain names or do they slowly trim down and just buy less, but better quality?

When something goes wrong is it you or the extension? – Do you blame yourself or the domain extension when an investment seems to be going the opposite direction you anticipated?

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Google It, Domain Names Matter

Today I was thinking of something interesting. The world’s largest internet search engine is deeply in love with domain names.

Google wants you to visit its website to find other websites based on your search keywords. Sometimes these results even include your website. Most people don’t even know that they are visiting a domain name when they visit Google or when they click a search listing link.

They should know they are hearing a domain name when you mention your brand's website name. It should be easy to remember, spell, and pronounce.

How much does Google love domain names?

They literally own thousands, or more likely tens of thousands of domain names directly related to their many business ventures, with most being .com, .net and .org domains. Google applied for 101 new gTLD (generic top level domain) domain names, literally to own them all. They spent $18.6 million just in application fees to do it. Source: ICANNWiki

New gTLD domain extensions like .app and .dev, for example, are owned by Google via subsidiary Charleston Road Registry Inc. Google paid $25 million dollars for the rights to own the .app gTLD alone. Every single domain name or word combination ending with .app you can think of requires payment to Google for you to own it. Registration fees, renewal fees, and any premium pricing they choose. According to NtldStats.com, Charleston Road Registry Inc. currently controls 46 new gTLD domain name extensions at the time of this article. (.app, .dev, .page, .how, .soy etc.). Over 400,000 .app domain names are currently registered.

  • Google owns a domain registry (a registry is the owner of the .whatever TLD)
  • Google owns a domain registrar (a retail offering to the public to register domain names)

Google likes gTLD domain names but loves .com domain names!

Some examples?

Great domains matter if you love and want to protect your brand! It’s what Google does and actually many, many other companies do it as well.

Part of X.company (that’s a gTLD domain name, owned by Google), Google starts tinkering with ideas and some of these actions result in full-blown companies over time. New ones, all the time.

Project Wing is one of those, an autonomous drone delivery service. They started out like many, with a “starter domain”. It made sense, was cheaper, but would require the “premium domain” for stardom. Google initially acquired Wing.co from its past owners to highlight this newly developing offering. Once Project Wing “graduated” from X.company, Google didn’t mess around and acquired the best domain name for the company, Wing.com! Wow, what a great domain name and brand name. How much did Google pay the past owner for the beach front virtual real estate property that stands out like the glaring sun? Maybe millions, they don’t have to share but they are not shy at all on acquiring the best domains, as they should. Great domain names are not cheap, they are one of a kind and becoming even rarer by the day. Google acquires premium domain names repeatedly and respectfully. Why? Domain names matter!

Patterns matter!

If you are branding as one thing, the patterns show that using the exact matching brand .com domain name is your best option. If it doesn’t, companies around the world are heavily investing to upgrade their main domain names so they do or even rebranding so they can.

Some more examples:

  • Google launches a life sciences offering called Verily. It graduates X.company and you guessed it, they acquired the best domain name for the brand, Verily.com.
  • Google notices a trend and acquires a category domain name, Wallet.com
  • Google has Google Ventures and owns the premium, short, memorable GV.com domain name for it.
  • Google starts a self-driving car offering which they call Waymo. They acquired Waymo.com from the past owner for an undisclosed amount.
  • Google starts an internet connectivity project, Loon. They started with the domain name Loon.co and have recently acquired the best domain name for the brand/offering, Loon.com. They also recently acquired Loon.net to further its brand protection on the term.

Fact: Did you know that it took Tesla Inc. (formally Tesla Motors Inc.) 10 YEARS and $11 million dollars to acquire its best and non-restrictive brand domain name Tesla.com? Using TeslaMotors.com was restrictive for the brand as the company expand its offerings beyond cars.

Youtube is Youtube.com. Nest is at Nest.com. Android is at Android.com. Gmail is at Gmail.com. Blogger is at Blogger.com.

See a pattern? You should! Domain names matter!

Pattern proof

Remember that patterns matter. Those who miss it, lose out, spend more later or simply don’t survive because they failed to see the pattern.

Here are 100 more examples of the pattern setters. Companies who purchased the best domain for their brands. Many in the list have done so recently, not 10 years ago, not even 5 years ago.

Domain names matter! Not just for tech companies but all companies around the world that wish to offer commerce on the internet. Yes, even if you only offer an "app"! Be consistent with your branding, love your brand and your domain name that is the face of your online presence. Domain names matter!

.EU Registrations Boom In Ireland As UK Collapse Continues On Brexit Fears


Registrations of .eu domain names in the United Kingdom have almost halved, declining 46.7% to 162,287 in the year to the end of June and 13.9% for the quarter as fears British registrants will be ineligible to hold their domains if Britain leaving the European Union comes to be.

Assuming Brexit happens, British .eu registrants will shortly thereafter lose their domain names unless the registrant has citizenship of a European Union country or for a business has an office in a EU country. Despite the collapse, the UK remains the sixth largest country of registrant origin.

But it’s not all doom and gloom as Britain’s neighbours across the Irish Sea have seen registrations jump 18% in the quarter according to EURid’s Q2 2019 Progress Report [pdf], possibly as UK .eu registrants move their contact to an Irish address, followed by Portugal (up 16.1%) and Norway (10.8%).

The second quarter is traditionally a strong quarter for renewals for .eu as the top-level domain was launched in April 2006 and is also the month when the majority of .eu domain names were registered. The renewal rate for Q2 shows, EURid notes, that the original registrants continue to rely on their .eu domain names.

The total number of .eu and .ею domain names registered at the end of Q2 2019 was 3,623,691, down from 3,790,450, a drop of 166,759. Of these there were 3.603 million .eu registrations while a year ago there were 3.790 million.

When taking into account over 35,000 abusive domain names suspended in the second half of 2018 and the drop in UK registrations, it could easily be argued .eu and .ею registrations have risen by 30,000 to 40,000.

The renewal rate in the second quarter of 2019 was 82.3% (82% in Q2 2018 and up 4% from the first quarter of 2019) while new registrations were down to 164,906 (171,843 in Q2 2018). Internationalised domain names under .eu were down to 35,836 (38,286).

There were a number of other initiatives that EURis have highlighted in their quarterly report including the launch of the 2019 .eu Web Awards, the strengthening of efforts to fight online fraud in cooperation with EUIPO and the contribution to environmental initiatives.

The quarter also saw EURid and the European Commission Service Concession Contract extended until 12 October 2022, a contribution to the Monchique reforestation in Portugal and the Uganda Borehole projects to offset its CO2 emissions while ICANN announced the completion of the string evaluation for the IDN ccTLD “ευ” (xn--qxa6a) or .eu in Greek.

ICANN Mentors Young Leaders in Asia Pacific

SEOUL, Republic of Korea – 15 August 2019 – The Internet of tomorrow might well be influenced by 53 young people from the Asia Pacific region who are meeting this week to learn about a wide range of subjects relating to Internet governance.

They are attending the fourth Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) now taking place in Seoul, South Korea from 12 – 16 August. The five-day academy is organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). APIGA aims to improve participants' understanding of how the Internet works, the "bottom-up consensus building" model of Internet governance, and how they can take part in shaping the evolution of the Internet for the next generation.

"Developing the leaders of tomorrow is critical to strengthening the diversity of the multistakeholder model of Internet governance," said Göran Marby, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer. "Events such as APIGA are key to achieving this goal, and ensuring that today's students are equipped to shape the future of the Internet tomorrow."

APIGA has been successful in nurturing relationships with alumni that remain involved in the Internet governance ecosystem, including ICANN. Today, it is recognized as a premier platform in the Asia Pacific region for youth engagement on Internet governance issues.

Since its inaugural launch in 2016, 124 young adults have attended APIGA. Approximately 25 percent of these are currently active alumni, participating in ICANN Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, Working Groups; or joining Internet governance related groups like Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) and Internet Society (ISOC) Chapters.

APIGA is an extension of ICANN's youth engagement programs. They aim to reach out to the next generation and mentor future leaders. Other ICANN programs include:

  • NextGen@ICANN – held on the sidelines of ICANN Public Meetings, for youths interested in becoming active in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policies.
  • ICANN Fellowship – targeted at individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in ICANN.

APIGA is co-organized by ICANN and the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA), and supported by partners such as the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC), DotAsia, and the Internet Society (ISOC).

For more information about APIGA, please visit here.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation and a community with participants from all over the world.