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Registering the Domain
There are various options for registering the domain.
First of all, find out whether your site must be hosted on a principle domain (for instance the appropriate superintendence). In this case, registration will be via the relevant CED.
Otherwise the site can be registered with a first level domain following the instructions given by the provider chosen.
Apart from the domain name (for example .it in Italy) you can register using various extensions that lead back to the main domain. Domain extensions were originally meant to identify the goals of the domain owner:
Nowadays however, the explosion of the Internet market has eliminated these distinctions and both public and private users have started to register domains with all extensions, (e.g. mysite.com, mysite.net, mysite.org etc.) in order to protect and cover their interests in all possible fields. These three domains can now be used for any purpose.
In order to ensure recognizability, a naming system ensuring unequivocal membership to a specific cultural domain will soon have to be instituted. To this end, we could imagine adopting a specific top level domain (tdl) such as "museum", or even activating a second level domain within the top-level domain "eu". The tld "eu" is still in stages of completion and it would be possible to activate a second level domain within it. This second level domain name would explicitly state the common cultural and European values and could be "arts"‚or "cult".
National governments and domain administrators have reserved certain sub-domains for specific functions. This is the case of restricted second level domains such as ".gov" ".gouv" in France) which are active within the EU in many member states. In Italy the body responsible for administering the country code ".it" had, until some months ago, reserved specific sub-domains including "arts". Now, however, these domain names are freely available without restrictions.
In Italy the entity responsible for managing the country code ".it" had reserved up to a few months ago, specific subdomains including "arts", now available without rules.
In web administration, activating a category reserved "tdl" is subject to control that the site belongs to the correct category. This is a recent praxis involves lengthy phases of proposal, approval and administration of the technical problems of domains. Time involved, together with technical complexity involved in running a domain mean that, for the moment, it is not practical to activate a "tdl".