There are two ways to register a domain name. The easier method is to ask your Internet service provider (ISP) to do it for you. But if you’re an ardent do-it-yourselfer, you can fill in the online InterNIC forms yourself. (Of course, you still have to mail a check.) Why choose one over the other?
the ISP method
*It’s easy–all the work is done for you.
*You’re all set to link the domain name to your Web page.
*The ISP can also set up your email address.
the do-it-yourself method
*It’s fast–you register by email.
*It’s probably cheaper–there’s no setup or search fee.
Unless you’re hard-wired to the Internet, though, you need a service provider, who will charge a fee to link your domain name to an Internet protocol (IP) address.
Note that not all ISPs allow you to register your own domain name (America Online, for instance, is one that doesn’t allow it). Check with your ISP to be sure you can do so. If your current ISP doesn’t allow it, and you really want your own domain name, you’ll need to get a new service provider.
Be sure to investigate the costs of both the ISP method and the do-it-yourself method before making a decision.