Your shop needs to have a unique name, or web address (URL). This is the way your customers will find you on the ‘Net. Normally, your web site address will be similar to your domain name. A domain name is a name that you register on the Internet to identify yourself or your company. Often, it is the name of your business or has something in common with the goods you are selling.
The first step to getting a Web Address (Domain Name) is to find out whether it's available. If the Web Address is available, Network Solutions will walk you through a quick and easy registration process. If the Web Address is not available, you can perform another search to find a name you like. Search as much as you like - it's free!
What is ICANN?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is responsible for managing and coordinating the Domain Name System (DNS) to ensure that every address is unique and that all users of the Internet can find all valid addresses. It does this by overseeing the distribution of unique IP addresses and domain names. It also ensures that each domain name maps to the correct IP address.
ICANN is also responsible for accrediting the domain name registrars. "Accredit" means to identify and set minimum standards for the performance of registration functions, to recognize persons or entities meeting those standards, and to enter into an accreditation agreement that sets forth the rules and procedures applicable to the provision of Registrar Services.
The InterNIC website is operated by ICANN to provide the public information regarding Internet domain name registration services.
Visit the InterNIC website to:Search domain records in the Registry Whois
Find registrar contact details in the Accredited Registrar Directory
File a registrar complaint through the Registrar Problem Report Form
Report inaccurate Whois data through the Whois Data Problem Report Form