Domain Name Information
What is a domain name?
A domain name is a specific place on the internet that tells people where your business is located. It lets people know that you are not just a user, but a presence on the net.
Standard Web Addresses are "site specific." (i.e. http://www.maui.net/~yourlogin):
- Bound to one website host's URL, in this case www.maui.net
- Less professional looking
- Less flexible, difficult to move and keep customers if you change ISP's
Virtual Domains are not "site specific." (i.e. http://www.myowndomain.com)
- List any name needed, provided it is not taken.
- Very professional, levels the perception of small business vs. big business.
- Flexible, site can move from host, state, or country and still be found.
- It appears to Internet viewers that you are operating your own World Wide Web server.
- Pay only a fraction of the cost of running your own server, and defer server maintenance
- Use email addresses like: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
How much does it cost?
All new domain registration applications received from November 3, 2000 will be processed via
BulkRegister, an ICANN
(Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, http://www.icann.org)
accredited domain registrar.
NOTE: Costs above do not include 4.16% tax
- Domain Name Registration Fee - for .com and .net domains the fee is
$31.90 for the first two (2) years. And $15.95
to re-register or renew each year after.
Other domain extention prices are .biz $15.10 per a year, .mobi $15.00 per a year
.us $15.00 per a year
- Hosting/Maintainance Fee - monthly fee based on your hosting plan selection.
- Parking Fee - $5 per month. If you wish to register a domain, but are not ready to activate it, Maui Net can "park" the domain.
What is the domain name convention?
The total length of the name may be up to 63 characters, 67 including the .com, .net or .org. The only characters allowed in a domain name are letters, digits and the dash (-). No spaces, tabs, or underscores. A domain name cannot begin or end with a dash. All domain names, after submission, can be used with or without the "www" prefix. The name you pick cannot be in use anywhere on the Internet.
Where do I start?
Select a Hosting Plan and complete the online Domain Name Hosting & Registration Form. If the domain name is already in use, you will be prompted to enter another domain name.