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.
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.
- Go to WHOIS (http://www.internic.net/whois.html) or
any domain registrar's website (like Godaddy.com or NetworkSolutions.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 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.
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 to the point
domain names are good - you may have more than one domain name
point to the same website. This is helpful when using various marketing
- 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.
- 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 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 does cost extra.