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Domain Name FAQ

What is a domain name ?

A domain name, a series of textual characters that identifies a specific IP address, uniquely identifies a website on the Internet. Domain names locate businesses, organizations, or other entities on the Internet. Domain names are easy to remember, easy to type alternatives to obscure URL’s that you receive with free website hosting services. Using a domain name allows you to receive more visitors, less bounced emails, and the chance to make a lasting impression on the Web.

A great benefit of using your domain name is that regardless of how many times you change your access provider, your Email and website address will always remain the same.

Why should I register a domain ?

More than 200.000 domain names are registered per month. Registering your domain name now ensures your ownership of the domain name that may not otherwise be available when you want it. Once registered, that domain name is yours (provided that the registration and renewal fees are paid each year).

How can I find out if the domain name I want is still available?

8TECH HK provides a domain name search engine that can instantly tell you whether or not the name is available – please click here to check now. If a domain name is available, you will be given the option to register it.

Do I need a domain name to have a website ?

While a domain name is not necessary to have a website, it is highly recommended. Whether you are creating a family website or a business website, having a domain name allows your site to be more easily found and remembered.

What type of domain names can I register at 8TECH HK?

You can currently register more than 70 different top-level-domains at 8TECH HK. Most popular are .com, .com.hk, .hk and .asia domain names.

What characters are allowed in a domain name?

You can use letters (a-z), numbers (0-9) and dashes/hyphens (–) in your domain name.Spaces are not allowed and the domain can’t begin or end with a dash.

Some country-level domains can also be registered as internationalized domain name. An internationalized domain name (IDN) is an Internet domain name that contains at least one label that is displayed in software applications in a language-specific script or alphabet, such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Tamil or the Latin alphabet-based characters with diacritics, such as French. These writing systems are encoded by computers in multi-byte Unicode. Internationalized domain names are stored in the Domain Name System as ASCII strings using Punycode transcription.

As some applications do not support internationalized domain names we not recommend to use them as your only one domain name.

How can I register a .at, .in, or .tf domain through 8TECH HK?

8TECH HK offers a huge list of available top-level domains – please refer to our Domainchecker page for a list of available extensions and pricing.

How much does it cost to register a domain name?

Each domain name is subject to an annual registration fee which varies depending on the domain/registry (please see our Domainchecker page for pricing).

What is a subdomain ?

A subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain. For example, mail.example.com and calendar.example.com are subdomains of the example.com domain.

After we have successfully registered a domain name you can setup subdomains for this domain name in the online control panel, e.g. shop.yourdomain.com etc.

Can I change my domain name after registration ?

Unfortunately a domain name cannot be modified after it has been registered. You will need to cancel your existing domain name and register a new domain name.

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