- $70 set-up fee. This includes domain name registration with the InterNIC, the first
year's maintenance fee and set-up on ChicagoNet' DNS servers, plus configuration for up to
10 email aliases.
- $35 recurring yearly maintenance fee, beginning one year after registration. This covers
not only the InterNIC's maintenance fees ($35) but the ongoing computer resources devoted
by ChicagoNet to maintaining the domain name($35).
What Is A Domain Name?
Domain names are an integral part of Internet addressing. All Internet activity
involves domain names for both the sender and receiver. You can think of domain names
being kind of like city, state, and zip code all rolled into one.
The domain name in an email address ensures that the message will be routed to the
proper place. A domain name consists of the rightmost two words after the "@"
symbol in email addressing, i.e., chicagonet.net in email@example.com. A company
that registers the domain "company.com" will be able to receive email at an
address in the form: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domain names are also used in World Wide Web addresses, also known as URL's. For
example, if the company mentioned above that registered company.com were to create a web
page, it could have an Internet address of "http://www.company.com". See
the information at http://www.chicagonet.net/service/website.htm
to learn more about ChicagoNet web hosting services.
How Your Domain Name Will Work
- All ChicagoNet customers fall under the Chicagonet.net domain unless they have
registered their own custom domain names. The Domain Name Registration Form included with
this information pack will allow you to register a domain name for your business or
- The domain name allows your organization's users to receive email at the new domain.
All of your organization's current ChicagoNet accounts will automatically be
transferred to your domain when it is completed. Your current email addresses
"@chicagonet.net" will continue to work as well.
- In conjunction with one of ChicagoNet' commercial web hosting services, the domain name
allows your web site to be accessed using the new domain name. The domain name
cannot be used with our personal web site package.(Home pages for personal users).
Rules for Selecting a Domain Name
- The root-level name, e.g. ".net" in Chicagonet.net, must be either com, org,
gov, or net depending on the type of organization.
- VERY IMPORTANT: The name must not already be registered; most acronyms and common names
have been registered already. If you are not sure if the domain you are interested in is
taken or not, you may consult with an ChicagoNet Sales Associate at 708 656-6900, or you
may check the InterNIC's database directly at http://rs.internic.net/cgi-bin/whois.
- The only characters permitted in a domain name are the letters a-z, the numbers 1-9 (the
domain cannot start with a number), and the hyphen character. All other characters and
symbols will not work in a domain name.
- The domain name should not be a trademark of another company
Domain Name Services
ChicagoNet provides many additional services along with every Custom Domain Name that
we maintain. There are no additional charges for these services, except where specified.
- Although your official username must be unique on our system, you can receive email at
additional addresses other than your username(s) using aliases. For example, if you want
to have a username of email@example.com but would like to receive mail addressed to
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com at the same account, we can set up these aliases
for you. This allows your company to have more email addresses than actual Internet users.
- We can set up subdomains for you. Subdomains are simply subsets of domain names,
used to group addresses within a large domain. For example, if you have a domain of
company.com, illinois.company.com would be a possible subdomain. Any time a "."
precedes the ".com", there is a subdomain. Companies with branch offices in
different cities often choose to make use of subdomains.
- If you already have a domain name which is active with or registered to another
provider, then you may have the name transferred to our service. This is recommended if
you intend to run e-mail or WWW services with ChicagoNet. If this is the case,
please contact ChicagoNet Sales at 708 656-6900 and request the Domain Name Transfer
Application. This application includes a Letter of Agency which confers upon ChicagoNet
the right to transfer the maintenance of the domain to our site.
Clearing Up Misconceptions
There are many common misconceptions about domain names. We will clarify here what
domain names can and cannot do for you, the user.
- The number of dialup accounts you have at ChicagoNet is always exactly equal to the
number of separate email boxes you have. Registering a domain name never changes that.
Every user account must be unique on our system. You can set up additional email
aliases to existing accounts.
- The results of having a customized email address are purely cosmetic. In other words,
nothing changes once you've registered your domain name through ChicagoNet other than the
way your addressing appears to the outside world. Your domain name will not change the
parameters of your Internet connection.
- Registering a domain name does NOT mean that you will automatically have a World Wide
Web page with that domain name as the address. Web pages are available through ChicagoNet
as an additional service. Please see our Web information at http://www.chicagonet.net/service/website.htm
to learn about our web hosting services.
- Domain names do not automatically give you a static IP address, or an Internet host of
your own. If your business or organization has a dedicated LAN connection through
ChicagoNet, then you will have static IP addresses and additional Internet hosts. Dialup
customers will always reach our system with dynamic IP addresses.