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Domain Names

Q. What is a URL?
A URL, which stands for Uniform ResourceLocator, is your complete Internet a ddress. It is the string of information, such as http://www.unique-links.com, that directs people to specific locations on the Internet. In the same way that an address written on an envelope directs the post-office to deliver a letter straight to your door, a URL typed into an Internet browser leads directly to the location of a specific resource on the Internet.
Q. What is a domain name?
A. A domain name, signifies your own address on the Internet. As no two parties may ever hold the same domain name at the same time, it is a truly unique identifier of you or your company. It is how your customers will remember you and find you among the millions of other Web sites on the Internet
Q. How long can my domain name be?
At Unique Links you can have a name that is 63 characters long not including the .com extension. Therefore the root of the word can be 63 characters.
What do .com, .net and .org stand for in an Internet address?
These three extensions-.com, .net and .org-are top-level domain names in the hierarchical Domain Name System. They are probably the most popular and most widely recognized top-level domain names on the Internet. With Unique Links, you can register any valid, available domain name you choose within these three top-level domain names
Q. Are .com, .net and .org my only choices when registering a domain name?
Unique Links currently registers domain names ending in .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info and .us. As other extensions become more widely used on the Internet, we will offer those to our customers as well. We'll keep you posted through updates on our home page.
Q. What is a name server?
Computers read Internet addresses through a series of numbers called Internet Protocol (IP) numbers. Because these numbers would be difficult for people to remember, user-friendly Internet addresses were developed using combinations of words and numbers. A name server is a computer that has the capability to translate, or resolve, the domain names we see and use in our browser windows into IP numbers. Example: Unique Links.com is how people commonly remember and reach our Web site, but a name server translates these letters into the IP number any time a computer is directed to our site.

Domain Name Registration

Q. Who should register a domain name?
Anyone who wants to establish a presence on the Internet or wants to secure the name.
Q. I don't have a Web site, can I still register a domain name?

Yes. You can register a domain name at any time and start your online identity.

Q. What are the rules for registering a domain name?

Only a few rules must be followed when registering your domain name.Your domain name must always begin and end with either a letter or number. Your domain name may not exceed 63 characters. This does not include the .com, .net or .org extension at the end.Hyphens are the only acceptable non-letter/number character to include in your domain name. Other characters, such as exclamation points and underscores, are not permitted. Don't worry about upper and lower case letters-domain names are not case sensitive.

Q. What if the domain name I want isn't available?

If you search for the availability of a name on Unique-Links and it is not available, it means that someone else has already registered that domain name. Unique-Links can only register domain names that are available.

I've decided to register my domain name. What's my next step?

Once you have your domain name registered, your next step should be to find an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or a Web hosting company. If you need help finding one, please contact info@unique-links.com. When you have the pages of your Web site developed, the ISP or hosting company can help you get them up and running on the Internet.

Once I have registered a domain name, where will it go?

Once you have registered a domain name through Unique Links, it will automatically reside, free of charge, at http://parked.Unique Links.com . Anyone searching for your Web page will be directed to this site until you change the name server by signing up for service with a Web hosting company or an Internet service provider. The company that you choose as your ISP or Web host will then work with you to transfer the domain name to your virtual server.

Who owns the domain name?

The owner of the domain name is the registrant information entered into our database at the time of the original registration. To find out the registrant information for a domain name, please visit the WhoIs Search.

How much does it cost to register a domain name?

The cost to register or transfer .com, .net, or .org domain is only $7.99 per year, whereas .biz, info, and .us cost is $8.99 per year.

Once I have registered a name, where will it be?

Once you have registered a domain name through Unique Links it will reside at http://parked.Unique Links.com and will remain there until you change the domain name server. We provide this service free of charge.

Why does my newly registered domain name show up as "available" on another registrars' WhoIs search?

Once your name is registered with Unique Links, it will take up to 48 hours before your information will be posted on the 'WhoIs' search.

Q. How can I check to see if DNS is working?

After you have registered your domain with Unique-links, you can check to see whether or not your domain is pointing to the correct nameservers. The "whois" information is often wrong, and should not be used. Go to a command prompt and enter the command:
nslookup -type=NS yourdomainname.com
If the response does not contain all of the correct name servers, then this information has not been entered correctly at Unique-links during the registration.
To check to see whether a particular server is esponding, your can add the server name:
nslookup http://www.yourdomainname.com/ ns1.your-name-server.com
If the response has a bunch of 'root-servers' that means the server does not know about the domain name and is referring you elsewhere.


Account and Administration Information

Q. What if I forget my password?

Send an e-mail to support@Unique-Links.com with your domain name and the password for managing your domain name will be e-mailed to the appropriate contact for your domain name in 24 hours

Q. How do I change my account information?

Login to your account. In this area you will be able to change your billing information, administrative contact, technical contact, and name server.

Q. How do I change contact, billing or administrative information?

Making changes to different aspects of your account is a relatively simple process. Simply visit Unique Links and login to your account by entering your username, password and domain name. You will then be able to choose from a number of possible actions and be given specific instructions online on how you can complete any changes you need to make.

Q. How do I renew my domain name registration?

When your domain name registration comes up for renewal, we will send an e-mail to the person listed as the billing contact for that domain name. That person will have 30 days to renew the domain name’s registration. Following the expiration date, we will continue to hold the name as registered for a grace period of 30 days. During this time, a second e-mail will be sent to both the domain owner and billing contact. If there is still no response after the grace period, the domain name will expire and become available for registration by other parties.

Q. I want to transfer my domain from another registrar to Unique-Links.com, how do I do it?

Simply follow the instructions listed on our Transfer Domains Names page.

Q. What do I do with my domain name?

Now that you have completed registration for your domain name the first step is to find a hosting partner.

Q. I have questions not answered by this FAQ page. How can I contact someone at Unique Links?

We'll be happy to answer any questions you have about Unique Links and our services. Just send us e-mail at support@unique-links.com, and we'll contact you shortly.


WebHosting FAQs

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We will host your site on some of the most reliable servers and one of the fastest network connections available today. You will be supplied with virtually unlimited features and affordable pricing.

Q.What is a Virtual Domain?

A Virtual Domain means having your own domain name (http://www.your-name.com) without having to install expensive server hardware and software. With a Virtual Domain, you utilize our server's storage space, however you are still professionally represented via your own personal Internet web address domain name (www.your-name.com) and by your own personal e-mail address domain name (you@your-name.com).
You should check InterNIC's "WHOIS" service to make sure that your desired domain name is available.

Q.Are there any contracts to sign or minimum service length requirements?

No. You can stay with Unique-Links.com as long as YOU are happy with our service. You are free to move your domain to another service provider any time you wish.

Q.Is my bandwidth traffic per month enough for my site?

Most domains never exceed 200 megs of traffic per month, but let's put it in real terms. On a 300mb web hosting account we allow you 200 megs per DAY of traffic. 200 megs = 204,800 kilobytes. For a web page that takes up say 48 kilobytes of space on our server, the page would have to be accessed 4,266 times per day, or 128,000 times per month to reach the limit. If you go over the "free" limit, you will be notified by email that your site is exceeding the traffic limits before we begin to charge you for additional traffic.

Q.What kind of servers do you use, and what about bandwidth (speed)?

All computer systems are custom-build on location providing enhanced levels of control, flexibility and the ability to remotely anticipate and resolve problems before they affect your service. Key components are:

Core i7
6 GB RAM minimum configuration

Q.Who is the InterNIC?

The InterNIC is an independent organization responsible for holding the registration and routing of Internet domain names. Without these people it would be virtually impossible to maintain sanity on the Internet. Register your domain name though us and get substantial discounts. One year domain name registration is US$15.00. Usual Internic fees are currently US$35 per year. Register through us and enjoy up to 57% savings on domain name registration fees.

Q.Can I access my domain address with or without the "www"?

Yes, you will be able to access the domain address with or without the "www" in front of the domain name. Example: [http://www.your-name.com] or [http://your-name.com]is acceptable, whichever you prefer.

Q.Do you offer dial-up Internet access?

No, you will need local Internet access in order to maintain your web site and retrieve email addressed to your site.

Q.Do you handle the domain registration process?

Yes. Unique-links offer you a secure, reliable and cost-effective Domain Registration service. We offer the best feature set for the lowest cost. A single point interface to manage all your Domains Securely and effectively

Q.Can I transfer an existing domain name to your servers?

Yes, just be sure to specify that you are requesting a transfer and NOT a new domain.

Q.How long does it take before my domain name is active?

Once the InterNIC announces that your domain name has been registered (or transferred, if applicable), it usually takes about 48-hours before it is active. All Internet providers must update their records (DNS tables) to reflect the new site's location.

Q.How do I transfer files to my web site ?

Files must be transferred to the web server via File Transport Protocol (FTP). If you need FTP, mail, or other Internet software, visit cnet.shareware.com. cnet.shareware.com is a great source for the latest Internet applications with ratings and reviews to help you decide which application is best suited for your needs. Also check out our online manual to see how easy it is to use the most popular FTP clients. We also provide frontpage extensions which allows you to upload files and manage your website. In addition you may use your on line web control panel to upload files.

Q.Will I have unlimited access to update my pages ?

You have unlimited access via FTP 24 hours a day. As such, you can create and maintain your web pages on your own computer and upload files to your web site at your leisure.

Q.Will I have my own cgi-bin?

Yes. Each domain has its own cgi-bin and you will have complete access to it. We provide many customized and already configured cgi scripts, and you are free to change them, or add any others that you wish.

Q.Can I use my account for commercial purposes ?

Yes, you can use your account for commercial purposes. The World Wide Web has become the most efficient and cost-effective means of akinginformation available to the users of the Internet community and we encourage our customers to utilize such an enormous medium.

Q.How long does it take to set up a new account ?

New accounts are generally set up within 24 hours from the time we receive your order payment and confirmation documents. Once an account is set up an activation notice will be sent to you via email including your user-ID, password, and FTP hostname. You can begin uploading files to your new web site immediately. Domain account users will be given a temporary URL to access their site via the web prior to the completion of either domain registration or domain modification.

Q. Can I subdivide my space and resell it?

Yes, we do allow you to create subdirectories which you can use to offer friends or clients space as long as its within our policy guidelines. You can also setup additional FTP accounts with limited access to a specific directory.

Q.Can I register additional domains to point to a subdirectory within my main domain?

Yes, you may. The domain pointers gives the ability to redirect parked domains to subdirectories.

Q.Can I have additional domains pointing to the same main page asmy main domain?

Yes. This is a great way to expand the marketing of your present business.

Q.Are third level domains available (anyname.mydomain.com)?

Yes, We can give you a third level domain name such as yourname.Unique-Links.com or if you have an existing domain with us anyname.yourdomain.com. The packages are the same as the one posted for normal domains, the advantage to these is internic registration is not needed. This means no internic registration fees.

Q.Can you host domains with country extensions (example:mydomain.de or mydomain.com.sg)?

Yes

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