Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How To Get The Best Deals When Registering Domain Names

There are many reasons why people are registering domain names. The most obvious reason is that they want to have their own website, and they want to reserve the name that they wish to use. Other people like to reserve large numbers of these domain names because they have another sort of business in mind. Those who like to use Google Adsense to make money online need to have a large number of websites. They reserve these sites in large numbers so that they may begin to build their business.

Registering domain names is not that difficult. The hardest part might be deciding what name you would like to have for your website. You have to find a place where you would like to purchase your name, and they will tell you if you can use the name you have chosen. One of the first steps in registering domain names is to find out if that particular domain is available to you. Many places may even give you suggestions on alternatives. This is much like an e-mail server will give you suggestions if your chosen name is not available.

When you are registering domain names remember to get them registered for as long as you will need them. In many cases you will need a credit card, and you can pay to have that name for as long as you think you'll need it. Most people I know who have a domain name have registered theirs for four or eight years. When registering domain names, think about how long you may want your business to last. In some cases you may only need a website for a year or two, and if this is the case, you won't need to register a name for longer than four years.

I remember back when the Internet first started to explode, there were many people who were registering domain names left and right. They thought of all the popular businesses and entertainment outlets that they could think of, and they began registering those names as quickly as they could. They hoped that by registering domain names that other people would want, they could ask for money in return for relinquishing their rights to that name. Though this worked for a while, many companies became wise to this. It is not done much anymore. Just remember that there are plenty of names to go around, but if you have a really good one that is available, register it as soon as you can so that is there for you when you need it.

Registering Domain Names - 6 Things to Make Sure You Get When You Register a Domain Name

Thinking about registering domain names for your website? Trying to find a good, cheap domain name?

If you have a look around, you'll find that registering domain names can cost between $2.99 - $34.99 per year. It all depends on whether your domain name ends with .com and what features are included.

As a general rule, good .com internet domain names cost around $10 per year to register. For this price, you should get the following features:

  1. Free domain name forwarding and masking. This is when a visitor types in your website address and gets automatically redirected to a different website address.
  2. A personalized email account. An email account with your domain name that you can access from both your email program (POP mail) and a website (webmail).
  3. Unlimited email addresses (aliases) that you can forward to any email account. For example, you could create three accounts with your domain name (i.e. info@... , sales@... , and feedback@... ) and any mail that was sent to these addresses would automatically get forwarded to whatever email address you want.
  4. Full DNS access. Be careful with this one. Not all registrars provide you with complete access to your DNS settings. You should be able to point your website to the Domain Name Servers of any web host in the world. For example, if you have a free blog at Blogger or WordPress, you should be able to change your DNS servers so instead of typing in, they just type in your domain name. (But if you don't have complete control over your DNS settings, it won't work.)
  5. Free Parking. If someone tries to visit your internet domain name, they can be sent to a temporary generic page that says your site is coming.
  6. You may or may not get free domain privacy. When you register a domain name, all of your contact information (full name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number) is published in the WHOIS database that can be accessed by anyone. Some registrars offer a privacy feature where they will list their corporate contact information instead of your personal information to protect your privacy from spam and prying eyes. (You still retain full control of the domain name)


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