Getting started with 123-reg Domain names


What is a domain name and how can I buy one?

A domain name is a human-friendly address, sometimes called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). The internet works on IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. These are numbers, much like a telephone number. However, most people find it much easier to remember names rather than strings of numbers. Like all companies, 123-Reg choose to publicise their domain name ( rather than their IP address (

Your domain name is unique to you. When someone types it into an Internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Mozilla FireFox) they'll be taken directly to your space on the Internet where they can view your site or files.

Domain names also have other uses. For instance, when choosing an email address, rather than having you could have This is far more memorable, and also means that if you decide to change your ISP you won't have to send out emails telling people your address has changed.

How do I buy a Domain Name?


The easiest way to buy a domain name from the 123-reg home page is by using our domain search feature. Simply enter your search term and we will show you what domain names and extensions are available for you.

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Tip: Check out our article on choosing your new domain name for some top tips on selecting the best domain name to suit your needs.


Our search tool will show you a range of potential domain names based on your search term; we'll show you our current best deals and promos, popular domain types, and if you are looking for a more specific domain type, domain names based on location or industry.

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Once you've got all the domain names you want in your basket, click on the Go To Checkout option.

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Now you need to Login. If you are an existing customer, you can login with your existing account. If you are a new customer, you can create an account straight away. 


Once you have confirmed your details, you have the option to add some extras to your domain name purchase. For example, if you want to set up an email address for your new domain name, you can add one of our mailbox options. If you're looking to create a website you can add one of our site building package Website Builder

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Once you have everything you need in your basket, click on the Checkout option.

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You can review your order one last time, once you are satisfied, click on the Go To Checkout button to move onto the payment stage.

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There is a range of payment methods available to you. Select your preferred method and follow the on screen instructions to complete your purchase.

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What are domain name extensions?

When you register a domain name for your site, you can buy just one or several domain extensions based on location or maybe on the type of website you’re running. For instance, our domain extension is, which translates to having an international location. Aside from .com which is the most popular extension, you can also choose from other extensions and even buy a domain name. This tutorial gives you all the information on business domain extensions and when you finish watching it you’ll know what alternative domain extensions you can go with depending on your business.


Understanding domain names

This series of videos has been created to help you learn about domain names and understand why a domain name plays such an important role in the way we use websites. If you’re looking to set up a website, watch the videos to learn about domain registration and see how simple and hassle-free the process of registering a domain is on 123-reg. If you want to know more about domain names and how to choose the perfect one for your website, go ahead and click play. With our short, to the point tutorials you will become a domain name wizard in no time!


What is a gTLD?

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Generic Top Level domain names (gTLDs) are domain extensions that are alternatives to the traditional .com, and .de domain extensions that will be launching over the next two years. These domain extensions vary from practical extensions such as .web or .tech, to location based domain names such as .london or .wales, and even wacky extensions such as .ninja or .xyz.

There are also extensions that are restricted to people or entities that fufil certain criteria, for example, .bank. 

Businesses have applied to ICANN (the organisation which oversees domain names) to operate these gTLDs. Individual new gTLD applicants are permitted to set their own criteria and restrictions for being able to register domains in their new gTLD space.

These domains will be launched gradually, starting at the end of this October 2013, running through to the end of 2015.

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In this video I am going to explain to you exactly: 

What are gTLDs?

Why we need more?

What the different stages of release are and how you can get your hands on them with 123-reg

What are gTLDs?

So let’s start by looking at what a gTLD is.

Well, gTLD stands for Generic Top Level Domain, but wait a minute; maybe we should look at what a Top Level Domain is first.

TLD or Top Level Domains have been around for many years now.

You may have heard of a few:

  • .com
  • .net
  • .org
  • .be

The current TLDs in existence are split into categories. 

These categories are decided and governed by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

Examples of these categories include:

  • Generic
  • Country-Code
  • Sponsored
  • Infrastructure
  • Reserved 

There are more categories than this but you get the idea.

Generic TLDs or gTLDs are the most popular type of Top Level domains. 

Between 2004 and present there have only been 23 gTLDs in existence.

So really gTLDs have been around for ages, but for many years there has not been the opportunity to create any new ones.

Until now,

Why we need more?

This year marks the start of new gTLDs being released. There will be around 1500 new gTLDs making their way to the internet over the next few years.

But why do we need more?

Well imagine the internet is a country like the UK and the current gTLDs are towns and cities.

Now visualise that each house in the towns and cities are domain names that have a website full of information on it.

Well with the growing dependence of the internet in the world today, the current towns are getting a bit full.

So now it’s time to build a few more towns, or in the internet’s case, introduce more gTLDs.

So what are the benefits for you?


with the introduction of new gTLDs, both new and existing businesses and individuals will no longer have to put up with long, hard to remember domain names like

Instead, when released the domain could be purchased, if available obviously.

Another reason could be to show instant visibility of your speciality with domains like .plumbing or .builders. 

Before anyone even visits your website they are going to know what you do.

Furthermore new gTLDs like .London show instant recognition of your locality, giving potential visitors insight into where your business is based or the area it serves.

Phases of release

Obtaining these domains will still be a first come first serve system but there are phases of release in place to help protect established businesses and trademarks and give individuals the opportunity to secure the domain name that is perfect for them.

There are four phases of release for the new gTLDs, but each gTLD may differ slightly on what phases it offers, as each gTLD is owned by a different registry.

The Sunrise phase allows trademark holders and established businesses get the chance to protect their brand identity before the domain extensions are available to the general public.

Land Rush or Early Access Period are phases where higher value, shorter and more memorable domains go on sale at a premium price.

And finally the General Availability phase is the point the registry is open to first come, first serve registration to all. It is at this phase that domains will be purchased and a great opportunity to pick up your perfect domain name at a great price.

Up until a domain extension is released all of these phases could be allowing pre-orders, but it is important to note that Sunrise outranks all and Land Rush and Early Access out rank General Availability. 

Now you know all about the different release phases, you can decide at which point you would like to obtain your perfect domain name.

So finally…

How you can get your hands on a gTLD with

How can you get your hands on a gTLD?

Well you can pre-order or purchase a new gTLD with a no win no fee guarantee using 123-reg.

To pre order a gTLD, simply visit and search for your perfect domain today.


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