Frequently Asked Questions

What is a domain name?
What are the fees to register a domain name?
Why are your fees so low?
What does it mean to "Register" a domain name?
Who should register a domain name?
How long does the registration process take?
Is it possible for someone to register my domain name after I have registered it?
What methods of payment does searchenginegarage accept?
If a domain name is already registered, can I find out who owns the name?
Who do I contact for additional assistance?

I've got my domain name, now what?
I own a new domain, but nothing comes up when I go there.


What is a domain name?
A domain name is the essence of your company's online identity. It is the address your customers use to find information about your products and services on the web. Domain names allow Internet users to type in a name, such as searchenginegarage.com, to identify a numeric Internet Protocol (IP) address such as 216.87.22.199. The purpose of domain names is to allow users connected to the Internet the ability to find web sites without having to memorize the long, numerical (IP) addresses that actually locate the computers or servers on the Internet.

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What are the fees to register a domain name?

The searchenginegarage pricing structure starts at $35 per 2 years. The price includes all fees associated with registering your domain name including internic fees and parking fees.

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Why are your fees so low?

We work with a Wholesale Registrar. The prices reflect volume savingsand automated technology.

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What does it mean to "register" a domain name?

There is a central registry of all domain names on the Internet. For your domain name to become a part of the registry, your domain name needs to be added to that registry. "Registering" a domain name means you are associated with that domain name for the period of the registration. "Registering" a name means you own it, and no one else can register that exact same name!

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Who should register a domain name?

Anyone thinking about establishing a presence on the Internet should register a domain name. You don't have to utilize it right away, but you can reserve it for your future use. Domains are being registered at the rate of more than 900,000 per month- they go quickly!

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How long does the registration process take?

Searchenginegarage’s application process should take less than two minutes to complete. All registrations take place in real time- once your application has been processed and approved, your name is registered.

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Is it possible for someone to register my domain name after I have registered it?

No. The availability of .com, .net and .org domain names is verified through a central registry system. This system prevents a domain name that is successfully registered from being registered by another person or entity. Registration and processing system updates the central registry in real time. 

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What methods of payment does we accept?

We accept all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. If you don't have a credit card, you can prepay for your domains via cashiers check or money order.

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If a domain name is already registered, can I find out who owns the name?

Yes. If you check the availability of a domain name and it is already registered, click on the whois link. This will display the contact information associated with a registered domain name.

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Who do I contact for additional assistance?

If you have any questions or comments you can call us at 847-895-4301. Since we incorporate your ideas and suggestions, your comments are always welcome.

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I've got my domain name, now what?

There are many uses for your new domain name. Some people want to have a personal or business website; others want to establish an email address; and still others want to hold onto their domain for future use or sale.

If you would like to have a Website, simply contact your Web hosting company or Internet Service Provider (ISP). They will build your Website and supply you with their Domain Name Server Information (DNS info). Then, visit www.searchenginegarage.com and enter the DNS information in the "Manage" section. Within 24-48 hours after you enter the DNS info., your new Website will be accessible to anyone in the world. It's that simple!

If you would like to establish an email account, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will give you their DNS info. Simply Log In and enter the DNS info in the "Manage" section of the web site. Your ISP can then route email sent to your new domain to either a new or existing mail box on their servers.

If you would like to resell your domain name, you may transfer the domain to a new buyer by using the "Ownership Change" form in the "Manage" section of the Website.

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I own a new domain, but nothing comes up when I go there.

A domain name is not a website. It's simply an address someone uses to find a website. If you would like to have a website, you can contact a web design or hosting company. After they build you a Website, you can enter their Domain Name Server Info (DNS Info) by clicking on the searchenginegarage "Manage" link. Within 24-48 hours after you enter the DNS info, your new Website will be accessible to anyone in the world to see, including you!

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