It’s typical for a domain name to be registered from one to ten years. The length will depend on who you are registering with. If you don’t want to lose the domain name, you’ll need to renew it with your registrant prior to its expiration.
No, you cannot use a domain name without registering it first. Domain names must be unique so that no two websites can have the same name. The only way for this to happen is to have a registrant who can register names and map them to numerical addresses.
There is no way to permanently buy a domain name. Domain registration is done on a yearly basis. Luckily, many companies offer the ability to pre-pay to register your domain for anyone from one to ten years.
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