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A domain name is your address on the Internet. It allows users to locate your web site and provides you with a unique e-mail address. Alt Source can register a variety of domains and completely facilitate the domain maintenance for you. You can choose between several subscription types, ranging from simple URL forwarding to complete website hosting. Below is a list of questions regularly asked about domain registration.

Which domain name extensions can you register for me?

We can register a domain name with a co.uk, co.za, .org.za, .com, .net, .org, .biz and .info extension as part of our standard domain registrations process. To start the process enter a domain name and extension you want on the menu on the left. We can also register and host a variety of other domains. Please fill in a Help Request and we will get back to you.

How do I check to see if a domain name is available?

You can search for a domain name by using our domain search option on our menu on the left, or we can do that for you free of charge.

How much do you charge for domain names?

Unlike domain registrars who charge £20.00 per year for International domains, Alt Source saves you over 40% on domain names.

Are you a domain registrar?

No, Alt Source is not a domain registrar. We register the UK domain .co.uk with Uniforum UK and international domains with 1&1 who are one of the largest domain registration companies.

If I sign up a new domain name, who owns it?

You, or your company for company domains, are the legal owner of the domain once it has been registered. By paying the domain registration fee, you license the rights to use that unique domain name throughout the world for a specific time. Therefore, should you ever cancel your Gemini hosting account, you will still own the rights for that domain name, for as long as you continue to pay the registration fees.

Is there a limit to the length of my domain name?

Domain names can be up to 67 alphanumeric characters and hyphens. This includes the .com, .net, .org, etc. extension. In addition, domain names cannot begin or end with a hyphen and .biz and .info domain names must have at least four characters (not including the extension).

How do I register an international domain name? (e.g. .za, .ca, etc.)

Alt Source can host any international domain name. However, certain international domain names need to be registered in that country. Each country has their own domain registry that either operates directly with the public or through resellers.

How long does it take for the world to recognize my domain name?

After ordering, Alt Source will update our internal DNS (domain name servers) within 24 hours. Our domain registration partner, Dotster, will update their DNS within 48 hours. After these steps, it is up to the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) around the world to update their DNS to recognize your domain name. Most major ISPs, such as BT and Virgin, update their DNS several times each day. However, smaller ISPs may update their DNS less frequently. Therefore, most of the world will recognize your domain name within a few days, but it may take up to a week for the entire Internet community to access your domain name

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