Domain – Own it, Take Responsibility, Protect Yourself
Protect your company’s identity and maintain control of your domain name. Own your domain name — buy it yourself.
Package deals for hosting your website and getting your domain name free sound inviting. However, you may not own or have control of your domain. Clarify this detail before signing or buying anything.
What happens when you want to move your website location?
What if the company offering your hosting package doesn’t renew your domain name or they go out of business? These are examples of why it is important for you to take responsibility and protect yourself and your domain name. KNOW the name of your domain company – they are called registrar sometimes.
Common steps to take when selecting your domain name(s):
- Go to WHOIS (http://www.whois.net/) or any domain registrar’s website (like Godaddy.com or Bluehost.com) and enter the various domain names that you generated. Find out the domain name availability for purchase. Some registrar’s will even suggest additional variations for domain names.I like Godaddy.com or Bluehost.com for the low prices and easy to navigate domain manager (if you purchase from them).
- Before you buy the domain, thoroughly read the terms and conditions of the registrar.
They need to abide by the guidelines of the ICANN and make sure you can redirect name servers or DNS if needed in the future.
- Don’t feel like you must buy the domain immediately, unless you feel the name is in high demand. Short and sweet domain names are good – you may have more than one domain name point to the same website.
- Consider purchasing the common misspellings for your domain. The price for domain names is fairly low when you consider missing a customer because they can’t spell well. You would then point that misspelled domain to the one correctly spelled.
- DOES THE REGISTRAR have a PHONE NUMBER? Important that you can CALL if you NEED HELP!
- Before you press the BUY button, make sure you have spelled the domain name you want correctly! In most cases, you type it wrong, buy it, you own it!
- There are SCAMS that will bill you for your domain and charge a LOT of money for it. They will make it sound urgent and sound legit – don’t fall for the scam! KNOW WHERE YOU REGISTERED or PURCHASED your domain. That is who you should watch for notices about renewals or changes to terms…
There are several good places to buy your domain name and usually, buying more than one year is less expensive per year. Read the terms and go for it!
Neal Resources will gladly work with you through the process of domain purchase. By helping you understand the technology involved and assist you have the control you need to maintain.
You may want to consider a private domain registration if you have a home business or are using the website for a personal website. This may help limit the amount of spam or unwanted contacts that come as a result of registering a domain name. It often does cost extra.