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Working Lunch Monday, 3 March, 2003, 14:48 GMT
The name game
Domain website
Many sites offer to register domain names
One of the great things about the internet is that it enables you to do lots of things yourself.

So when someone comes along offering to register a domain name for you or your company, don't jump in too quickly.

Working Lunch viewer Andrew Rusack was sent a letter telling him he could get a .com registration for his business for 175.

A few minutes' surfing will show that you can do your own registration for as little as 40 or 50 - some viewers tell us they have found prices as low as a few pounds.

Andrew's letter was not illegal, but simply a bit of hard-sell marketing.

Global

The company involved happened to be registered in the Seychelles and based in Australia, but then the internet is a global operation.

Andrew's experience highlights the fact that a website is just as prone to junk mail as any other part of a business.

If you want to register a web domain, or are looking for a.uk suffix, the first port of call could be Nominet, the registry for .uk internet names.

Nominet's Lesley Cowley
Lesley Cowley: Is it right for you?
It gives advice on registering and maintaining a web presence.

"You should be wary of what you are getting for your money and whether it's the most appropriate thing for you," says Nominet's managing director, Lesley Cowley.

"If you shop around you can find some quite different prices - it's very competitive - and different services.

"If you need a lot of support I'd recommend you check out the support deals and find one that doesn't charge you on an expensive phone line.

"If you are going to need handholding, you may need a bit more support than others."

Nominet doesn't actually sell domain names, but to check if the registration you want is available, here is a selection of websites:

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