You betcha! however you might want to make sure and wait for someone else here to confirm my answer as I am on the fence. Better yet, why don't you contact the iContact guys because they can answer your iContact question better...
Can we build on this from the basics - where are domain names stored? If I type htmlforums.com in my browser, how does my computer know how to get the IP for the domain?..
Network Solutions basically had a monopoly for a few years, thats why their prices were/are higher. After the decision was made to allow other entities to register domian names the effects of competition kicked in and prices fell..
There is no performance gain having your domain name registered with Netwrok Solutions..
Do a trace route command in a DOS (tracert www.htmlforums.com) window and you will see how it is your PC finds a website. Some ISPs will block tracert and ping commands...
It usually starts at your ISP. They have what are called domain name tables (DMT) that are constantly being updated. Some reading for interested parties:.
Yeah all along the right lines, the locator tries to match the name you entered to it's dns which holds it's ip info which leads you to the server the iContact site is on..
Yeah the big guys used to have a monopoly on the market but seeing as they are the tld operators that gives them reason enough to charge more, enom is another example. They cost bucket loads if you buy directly from them, but through resellers they cost normal amounts, I have an enom account by where I buy them for 6.99 and can resell them at a price of my choosing. Registerfly is another enom reseller...