What is a domain name?
Domain names are the familiar and easy to remember names used in
lieu of the difficult to remember Internet Protocol (IP) address
numbers. IP addresses are used to locate computers on the
Internet. Names like www.vastcom.net
are simply easier to remember than numeric IP addresses like
Why should I register a domain name?
A domain name will give you a unique identity on the Internet.
In some ways, a domain name is similar to a customized license
plate. Many organizations find it useful to have an e-mail or
Web address that is similar to their company name or to their
What is Virtual Web Hosting?
A Virtual Domain means having your own domain name (www.yourcompany.com)
without having to install expensive server hardware and
software. We can help register your own domain name which will
become your unique address on the World Wide Web. 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 and by your own personal e-mail address
Once I have a domain name secured,
how long may I use it?
If there are no trademark disputes, your secured domain name
will be yours for as long as you maintain the yearly
How can I check domain name
For domain names ending with .COM, .NET or .ORG, customers can
search for domain name availability at OpenSRS Lookup Utility.
Domain name availability for domain names ending in .CA can be
searched at www.webnames.ca.
How does .COM differ from .CA?
.CA is the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) designating
Canada. .COM is the generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) designating
Commercial. The policies and administration of the .CA domain
name are set by Canadians and governed by Canadian law. The
gTLDs are managed in the United States.
What is InterNIC?
All domain names are registered through the InterNIC, which is a
collaboration between the National Science Foundation, AT&T and
the Internic. Your domain name application will be submitted to
the InterNIC for approval. The InterNIC database of domain names
is like a master telephone directory for the internet. Whenever
a domain name is typed into a web browser, it is looked up in
the InterNIC database which then tells the browser where that
web page is on the Internet.
What is CIRA?
CIRA is the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. It is a
non-profit organization mandated to operate the .CA top level
domain. CIRA is responsible for setting policy, assigning domain
names, managing and operating the .CA domain database, providing
dispute resolution services and handling complaints about
Does Vastcom handle domain
Vastcom does its own registration for domain names ending with
.COM, .NET or .ORG through OpenSRS. However, for domain names
ending with .CA, our customers have to register their domain
name themselves at www.webnames.ca due to the many requirements
that must be met to obtain one. We will be more than happy to
step you through this process if necessary. For more information
on our domain registration services, please visit our Domain
Name Registration Page.
Can I transfer an existing domain
name to Vastcom?
Yes. A number of our customers have transferred domains to our
service. Whether you place an order by telephone or via our
online order form, be sure to specify that you are requesting a
transfer and NOT a new domain.
What is the fee for domain
Vastcom charges $23 for domain registration for 1 year for
domain names ending with .com, .net or .org. For domain names
ending with .ca, prices can be found at www.webnames.ca pricing.