If you’d like to check into whether or not a domain has already been registered, visithttp://www.network-tools.com and use their WHOIS tool to search out the domain name in question.
Information on your domain name such as the registrant, street address, valid email address, administrative contact, and technical contact should be kept up-to-date, and is the sole responsibility of the registrant. Problems in the future during renewals and transfers can be minimized by taking a proactive approach to maintaining your domain name.
Please read the Domain Name Alert to protect your domain name from deceptive business practices.
The Internet Centre strongly recommends that the administrative mailbox for all domains be set firstname.lastname@example.org. This can help to reduce the amount of spam the customers recieve, reduce the chance of deceptive emails affecting the domain, and eliminate the chance that access to the administrative mailbox is lost due to company staffing changes, technical problems, etc.
Canadian Domains (.ca)
Canadian domains are administered through a non-profit organization called CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. They oversee the dot-ca (.ca) country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) as a service to all of Canada. They protect names relating to government bodies, cities and municipalities, and they also help with things like WHOIS privacy and ownership disputes.
Commercial Domains (.com, .net, .biz, etc)
These domains are generally available anywhere in the world, with less restrictions and governance than country-code top-level domains. Many businesses operating out of Canada choose to register theircompany.com and .ca, both to draw as many hits as possible and to prevent anyone else from registering the domain to use in a deceptive or misleading fashion. The primary domains of this type are: com, net, org, info, biz, and coop.