First-time Buyer's Guide (continued)

What if the domain name I want is already taken?

Once a name is registered, no one else can register that domain name as long as the current registrant maintains their paid registration. However, you still have several options:

Getting the most out of your Web address

Once you've registered a domain name, the real fun begins. For step-by-step instruction on how to set up Web forwarding, e-mail, and other services, visit the Help section.

To find out more about creating a great Web site, check out other articles in our Tools and Resources section. It has information about Web-site building, Web-site promotion, and how the domain name system works. It also has a wide selection of links to help you go from newbie to Webmaster in no time.

For more experienced users, NameSecure offers the Zone File Control service for setting up and editing advanced domain-name settings such as CNAMEs, A records, and MX records. It gives you greater control of your domain names via an easy-to-use interface.