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If you have a company and want to make it easier for your customers to find information about your business on the Internet, you can create a website.

You can access a website at its unique Internet Protocol (IP) address, a series of digits such as or

You will however also want a user-friendly, readable and memorisable domain name such as or

The domain name will be linked to the IP address; this way, when you type into a browser you will be redirected to the IP address

With a domain name registration you acquire the right to use the domain name. The registration does not guarantee any special protection as intellectual property. However, if a domain name is similar to a trade mark name, this could create IP infringement issues.

How to register a domain name

If the name you want is available, you can register a domain name through an accredited registrar which offers the top-level extension you are looking for. There is a wide choice of extensions to choose from including country-specific or generic extensions:

Depending on the type of extension you choose, eligibility criteria or rules may differ. After you choose the domain name and the top-level extension, you must pay a registration fee. The amount of money you have to pay depends on:

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