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What Happens To Your Website When Domain Name Expires?

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A website needs to be up and running all the time so you do not waste time converting visitors into customers. Aside from the physical elements of your website, making sure that you have an active domain name is also important. Once a domain name expires, all the services associated with it will also stop functioning. This means that you cannot make any updates to the domain. Depending on your web host provider, the domain will remain available for reactivation.

Does a domain name enter a grace period after it expires?

Once your domain name expires, it will be disabled, but you will still be able to renew it. Some providers allow renewal at no extra cost. While the domain name has not been renewed, it will enter a grace period. Normally, the grace period is only for 30 days, but it will again be dependent on your web host provider. It is also important to note that there is no guaranteed grace period. Renewal is always given at the end of the current registration period. For instance, if you renew two months early, the expiration date is the same.

Domain going into redemption status

Aside from passing through expiration grace period, your domain will also go into redemption status. The redemption period refers to the period provided after the registrar issues a delete request to the registry. Note that the domain can only be recovered by the previous registrant.

Deleting the domain

After the redemption period, the domain will be placed into a ‘pending delete’ status. During this time, your domain will be given 5-day time frame after the redemption period. The registry will hold the domain and you can no longer recover it. As soon as the domain name is deleted, it will be available for anyone who wishes to purchase a new domain. It will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

Domain Name:More Than Just Your Website’s Identity

150 150 Andrew Broberg

When you start a new business, you need to register a domain name as it will represent your business on the internet. Even your customers will base their first impression on your domain name. It will give them an idea what you do and what you are offering. When building an online space,  choosing a suitable domain name is imperative.

There are three ways you can use your domain name:

Building a website

In growing your business, you need an effective tool so you can be exposed to many marketing opportunities. Your website establishes your online credibility. This is why it is necessary to create a website that shows what you have to offer. It is also imperative that you maintain your website. There are web hosting providers that also offer bundled services including web hosting, domain name and design templates.

Most websites that provide professional services will include the general information, contact information, product/service information, customer testimonies and social media icons. For those who prefer to open an online store, it is important to include multimedia or videos. You can also add some e-commerce capabilities so you can process payments, take orders and even provide customer support.

Brand your social media presence

Another way you can use your domain name is when you use social media to improve your online presence. One way you can change it is by using your domain name as the web address for your business page. This method is referred to as web forwarding. Using your domain name as web address will make it easy for your prospects to remember your brand. You can use your domain name for web forwarding by logging into your account. You can then change the settings on your domain name.

Set up a unique email address

You can also use your web address as an email address. If you have a company-branded email address, you will be able to have a professional-looking branded channel which you can use for communicating with your target audience.  A company-branded email address is considered as a free marketing strategy. All you need is to register your domain name so you can set up your email address.

How to promote your domain name?

Once you have registered your domain name, you can start building your brand by adding it to social media platforms. It will be easier for your customers to find you this way. You can also include your web address on your business cards, email signatures, ads, brochures, newsletters and uniforms.

Why Domain Names Are Important

150 150 Andrew Broberg

For your website to have a unique identity, a domain name is essential. The domain name has to be unique to ensure that no two parties hold the same domain name as this can create a problem and will defeat the purpose of building your brand identity. Your domain name is not only your identity but your online business card as well. Unfortunately, there are people who do not give importance to their domain name without realising that doing so will also result in losing their whole online identity.

It is easy to lose your domain name if you do not understand how it works. Technically, a domain name is used for identifying and finding computers on the Internet. Since computers use Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, a series of numbers are used for identification purposes. Since there are many IP addresses out there, domain names are created to form an identity unique to each website. Without a domain name, your web address will be translated into IP numbers. Imagine the ordeal of remembering a series of numbers.

Choosing a domain name

A word or phrase is used as a domain name. When it comes to exploring some possible options, it is essential to think of catchy phrases or words that potential customers can easily remember and will bring traffic to the site. As much as possible, use a domain name that represents your website. For instance, if you are a web developer, your domain name should be relevant to the product and service you are offering.

Keeping your domain name short is also recommended. Stick to 5 to 20 characters so it is easy to remember. Aside from keeping it short, ensuring that domain names are spelled correctly will also help you to avoid brand problems.

How do you obtain a domain name?

You can get a domain name in two ways: 1.)register the domain name yourself; 2.)get your web host service provider to register the domain name for you.

If you prefer to register a domain name yourself, choosing a Registrar will be the first step. Choosing from hundreds of registrars can be tricky and some of them may even offer a low yearly fee. If you choose to have a web host register the domain name for you, the provider will have their own approved registrar. Since providers are doing this process many times, the essential information they need are already available. The process can save time and effort.

Why register?

Private registration is encouraged to keep unsolicited e-mails and phone calls at bay. Registering a domain without private registration will make your information accessible to the public and  you can become a likely target of companies sending unsolicited mails, e-mails and phone calls.

3 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Domain Name

150 150 Andrew Broberg

The first step to making your presence known in the World Wide Web is by building a website. A lot of time and effort is put into web design and features, but selecting a domain name also requires serious attention. Your domain name is your website’s identity. People will know what you are selling by merely looking at your web address. When domain name creates confusion, it will be daunting to reach your target audience. Make sure you do not commit these 3 mistakes when choosing your domain name.

1. Choosing a domain name that is hard to spell.

Is your domain name easy to spell? If you tell a friend or a colleague your web address, will they be able to spell it correctly? When domains are difficult to spell or remember, the chance that people will visit your website is small.

2. Choosing a vague domain name.

The last thing you want to do is to mislead your audience with a domain that says something different. In choosing a domain, think about the message you wish to convey to people. If you are selling products and services, your domain should define what your business is all about. Even changing capitalisation can make a huge difference. Be wary of the domain you choose as it can make or break your business.

3. Choosing a domain name with a trademark problem.

Avoid using a domain name that has trademark issues. While it is unavoidable to come across a domain name that happens to be owned by another company, it does not deny the fact that the domain name violates laws on trademark registration. There are databases you can use to find out if your chosen domain name has been taken.

Sometimes keeping it simple works wonders. This is because you are making it easy for users to type in the name of your website. Although you may spend too much time thinking about creative domain names, people are more likely to misspell your name when they are not familiar with it. Numbers and hyphens must also be avoided.

Relevant domain names will also give users what they are asking for. If you have a food business, your domain name should boost your branding. Keyword abuse is also discouraged because it can be harmful to your website. Limit your website to two or three keywords and make sure that it reflects the content of your website. You may be surprised but search engines favor websites that use simple and original domain names.

 

What Is A Domain Name:A Guide For Beginners

150 150 Andrew Broberg

Although a domain name is a basic thing, a beginner may not completely know what it is. When you build your first website, choosing a domain name is an essential process. It ensures proper set up before your website goes live. However, the domain selection process requires careful consideration.

Domain name in a nutshell

So what exactly is a domain name? A domain name is a web address you type into a web browser. As you click go or press enter, the web address will take you to the website. A domain name is similar to a fingerprint. It is unique and cannot be shared.

Websites and domain names are also separate things. Your domain name is your phone number while the website is your phone. Just like your phone number, you have the option to change your domain name any time. However, you can only connect the domain name to a single website at a time.

Paid vs Free Domain Names

For people who create websites for recreational purposes, free domain names are options to consider. With free domain names, a website will have a sub-domain. However, free domain names are not recommended for building a long-term business. This is because you do not own the sub-domains despite the fact that it is free to use. A sub-domain cannot be transferred should you decide to switch to another service provider. Since a sub-domain name is only an extension, creating your own unique branding will be a challenge.

Buying A Domain Name

When you buy a domain name, paying an annual fee is necessary so your domain name remains registered over a certain period of time. Once your registration expires and you fail to renew, you will also lose the domain name. This will result in making the domain name available for other users to register. Before your registration expires, the service provider will send you an email indicating the date of expiration. You will also be provided with an auto-renewal option.

Transferring A Domain Name

The best thing about domain names is that they are not exclusive to one location. If you decide to transfer your domain name, the service provider will not restrict you so long as you pay the annual fee. You will be provided with instructions on how to transfer the domain name.

One reason for domain name transfer is when you switch website builders. If you have purchased your domain name through a domain name registrar, all you have to do is to reconnect your domain name to your new website builder and cut the connection to the previous one.

5 Tips On Transferring Domains

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Domain registries allocate domain names, which means website owners do not directly deal with them.

When it comes to transferring domain name ownership, you have an option to transfer from one registrar to another. Before you decide to transfer your domain,  you need to make sure that the domain names stay operational and that the process is safe.

Once the transfer completes, a period of 1 year extends the registration. The domain transfer fee includes the registration extension in most cases.  However, there can be instances when your current registrar rejects the transfer due to evidence of fraud, missed payment for previous registration, express written objection to the transfer, lock status and much more. This is why it is important to know the restrictions when transferring domain names for the process to go smoothly.

Things to remember when transferring domains

Secure an authorization code or domain key: Securing an authorisation code or secret domain key is an important step to transferring domain names. The registrar issues the domain key and one cannot proceed with the transfer without it. The actual domain name transfer uses the code.

Unlock domain:  The domain remains in lock status until the transfer process completes. The lock status prevents unauthorised transfer and modification. The registrar unlocks domains after transferring the domain names. The registrar  authorised to unlock the domains will be the one to perform the procedure.

Ensure domains are active: A domain name in question during the transfer should be active. The transfer cannot take place with an inactive domain. An attempt of transferring inactive domain name will be futile as the process will fail automatically.

Know when you should transfer: You should know when you can transfer domains as registrars have a lock in period of 60 days. This means that you are not allowed to transfer domain names within that period. Any attempt of transfer must be done once the period lapses. Even if you have previously transferred your domain names, you will still have to wait for 60 days before attempting a transfer again. The only exception is when you are going to transfer domain names from one owner to another using the same registrar.

Avoid tampering with name servers: If you are attempting a transfer, never tamper with name servers. This is because it can cause emails and website to stop. Before transferring domain names, be sure to get a complete backup of your files. This is highly recommended especially if you are transferring mails and web hosting.

 

The Purpose Of Domain Names

150 150 Andrew Broberg

Domain names, from a website visitors’ perspective are simply an identifier that enables them to recognise if they are on the correct website.

As a website owner, it is essential to choose the correct domain name to attract more subscribers, drive more traffic, generate successful blogs, create a clear brand messaging and get more backlinks and shares.

Although choosing a domain name can be tricky, you just have to make sure that it is easy to understand. Does this mean you have to choose short domain names?

The key to choosing the right domain name does not always have to do with the length. Visitors should instantly understand what your website is about by looking at your domain name.

Potential customers would ask, “Am I on the correct website?”.  Your website should be able to answer this question.  If you choose short domain names to describe your website, you may only end up confusing your visitors. Many people search for websites based on a keyword. Your domain name should easily capture your target audience.

How to choose a good domain name?

1. Choose common extensions
There are three extensions considered to be the most recognisable: .com, .net and .org. Most people easily recognise these extensions.

Of all domain extensions, more than 75% of all websites choose .com extension. In terms of search engine algorithms, websites with .com extensions are the ones first shown in search results.

These three extensions also enable you to add credibility to your website. Potential customers will shy away from your website if they do not easily recognise your domain name. You will also lose a big amount of traffic if you prefer to use an extension other than the three most commonly used extensions.

2. Avoid acronyms, jargon and abbreviations
If you want visitors to find your website, be sure you choose a domain name that is already familiar to them. Relying on acronyms, jargon and abbreviations only reduces your chance of getting recognised because visitors will find it difficult to find your website. Keep it simple if you want to succeed in creating an online audience.

3. Go for registered domain names
Cutting corners by choosing unregistered domain names will not yield positive results. Premium domain names ensure that your website is more recognisable and you can also be sure that it intended for the products or services you are marketing to your target audience. Never attempt to choose unregistered domain names as you will only take a turn for the worst.

7 Steps To Changing Your Web Hosting Company

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The most exciting part of owning a website is choosing a web hosting company that will help you to meet your needs for bandwidth, space and customer service. However, you become increasingly disappointed overtime when the web hosting provider fails to meet your expectations. This is a clear sign that you need to choose a better hosting service provider. The selection process is the hard part of moving to a new service provider. Fortunately, there is still a way to improve your web hosting experience. A 7-step plan is all you need to move your website to a better web hosting provider.

1. Be sure to back-up your website

It is possible to encounter problems in the process of switching to a new web hosting company. This is why your website needs a safety net. This way, you will have ample time for preparation while still searching for a web hosting company that meets your needs. When backing up your website, you need to choose a web development tool so you can download all current files, which are used in your website such as HTML files and graphics.

2. Record essential information

Although it is easy to familiarise yourself with the ins and outs of your website, but relying on your memory is not enough. If you intend to move to a new hosting provider, you should take time to record important information. The details you need record are email boxes, security settings and configuration information.

3. Choose a new web hosting provider

Take your time to select a web hosting provider that can give you an improved hosting experience. A reliable hosting company should have an uptime guarantee and the server should support everything.

4. Inform your visitors about the switch

When you switch to a new web hosting provider, everyone will be affected with the changes including your visitors. If you have ecommerce website, it is imperative that you inform your visitors as some of them may have already placed a purchase. Give visitors warning before switching and be sure to provide contact information.

5. Load your website

Before you proceed with domain name change, it is bet to load your site first. This can be done by loading the files of your website to the IP address that your web hosting company has provided.

6. Update your domain name record

Once you change your domain name, it is important to change the domain name record as well. If your hosting provider is also your domain name registrar, the process will be simpler for you. If you have a different domain name registrar, there will be more effort required. It may take 2 days for your website to live on a different server.

7. Cancel the old account

Once the period of domain propagation has passed and the issues have been properly addressed, the final step you should take is to close your account with the old hosting provider.