Web Hosting Getting Started Guide 12
Chapter 2: Learn About Your Domain Name
About Your Domain
domain name (web address)
A domain name is also called a web address, and like a memorable street address, it
can help people find you online. You might base your domain name on your own
name, the name of your company, keywords that describe your business, even a
short phrase anything that will make your web address easy to remember. When
you sign up for Yahoo! Web Hosting, you can select a new domain name or choose to
use one you already own with your Web Hosting account. Once your domain has
been activated, you can build a public web site at your own web address (such as
http://www.widgetdesigns.com), create a personalized email address (such as
firstname.lastname@example.org) even develop subdomains (such as
http://photos.widgetdesigns.com or http://music.widgetdesigns.com).
When you signed up for Yahoo! Web Hosting, you chose a domain, or web address, for your
business. Your customers will use your domain (such as widgetdesigns.com) to find your
business online, and your customized email addresses (such as email@example.com)
will include your domain name.
If you just signed up for your plan, your domain may still be pending. Pending means that
your domain is not yet active across the Internet (if you are registering a new domain
name) or that changes to your name server settings have not yet taken effect (if you are
using a domain name you registered elsewhere). The pending state occurs for all domain
registrations and changes. A new domain takes 12 to 48 hours to propagate across the
Internet, depending on the extension you have chosen.
The main effects of having a pending domain are:
Web address: If you are registering a new domain, visitors who try to go to your web
address will get a Page Not Found error. If you are using a domain you registered
elsewhere, visitors will see the page or web site that is currently active, depending on the
settings you have made at your registrar.
Web hosting: You will not be able to perform certain functions, such as activating
FrontPage, or publish your site at your chosen web address while your domain is pending.
However, we have provided a temporary web address that will allow you to upload files and
preview your site while you re waiting. You ll find this temporary web address on the Home
tab of your Web Hosting Control Panel.
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