The Ultimate How-to Guide for Domain Registration

How to register a domain
How to register a domain

Ultimate Guide on How to register a domain.

Your domain name is one of the most important aspects to your web presence. It exudes the essence of your brand, expresses who you are through your email and website address, and is among the first impressions you give to prospective customers.

In addition to choosing the right domain name that represents your company (or new project), it’s important to have a general understanding of how domains work and ways you can manage them to your business advantage. Actions like parking a domain, for example, may prove useful for a new marketing campaign you’re implementing. The goal in this guide is to highlight these actions and provide how-to steps to domain registration and management.

How to Register a Domain:

If you’ve thought of the domain name for your website, registering your domain is a breeze. As a client, you can simply register your domain here with OrangeWebsite to begin managing them under one account. The major advantages to having your domain with us is that we give you extended privacy and low online censorship. We also offer advanced security options, ensuring that your prices always stay the same.

As long as your website isn’t currently being used, you’re safe to secure your domain.  In this process, you’ll choose the domain extension, whether it’s .com, .net, .org, etc. The most common of course is .com but it’s best to select the extension that’s most congruent to your website’s purpose.  Your domain registration lasts one-year until renewal unless you’ve elected to pay for multiple years.

Prior to securing your domain name, here some do’s and do not’s to consider when choosing your site’s name:

  • Include a location or keywords in your domain name, if applicable and possible, to help boost SEO
  • Abstain from using dashes, abbreviations or numbers in your domain. You want to make it easy for your audience to remember
  • Be sure that you’re named as the owner of the domain, not your marketing agency or personnel
How to register a domain

How to Transfer a Domain:

On occasion, some business owners choose to transfer their domain name to us. The following illustrate a few reasons why brands opt to transfer domains:

  • Your hosting provider (us) is also a domain registrar company and provides better features when you put both services under one umbrella
  • It’s cost-efficient, meaning, you’ve found a company that’s offering a lower price than your renewal rate
  • You’ve experienced various issues (support and/or technical) and ready to make a much needed change
  • With OrangeWebsite, you’ll get a FREE one-year extension included when you transfer your domain to us!

Transferring your domain is not an overnight process.  It can take several days to complete and can only occur after you’ve registered your domain for 60 days.

Here are the steps to transferring your domain:

Complete these actions with your current registrar first

  • Confirm that the administrator’s contact information is correct since all communications regarding the transfer will be sent to the email address listed
  • Unlock your domain
  • Cancel any Protected or Private Registrations that will prevent the transfer

Unsure how to complete any of these steps?  Locate the helpdesk of your domain provider for step-by-step instructions.

Once you’ve finished the steps, easily start the transfer of your domain over to OrangeWebsite. Be sure to check your email as you’ll receive confirmation of the transfer along with the final steps necessary to finalize the process

How to Park a Domain:

Park domains are used when a business wants more than one web address for advertising reasons. These additional domains display the same website and its content as your primary domain. Similar to mask forwarding, the address bar will still show the parked domain website address.

This feature is accessible on our VPS Hosting Service and above. Here’s how you would add a parked domain to your account:

  1. Log into cPanel
  2. In the Domains section, click the Parked Domains icon
  3. Under Create a New Parked Domain, enter the domain name you would like to park on top of your primary domain
  4. Click Add Domain
How to register a domain

How to Buy a Domain:

Purchasing new domains is as simple as logging into your account and researching to see if your desired domain name is available.

How to Renew a Domain:

Prior to your renewal date, you’ll begin receiving reminder emails that your domain is set to expire. If you have it set for automatic renewal, your credit card will be charged on the date and you’re active for another year.

If you fail to renew on the scheduled date, your domain enters redemption or a 30-day grace period as a final chance to maintain your domain.  After the redemption period, the domain will officially expire and be placed back into the market for sale.

How to Sell a Domain:

Perhaps you’ve bought domain names that you never used or there are ones sitting around going unused because it no longer serves your business. You can sell these domains back into the marketplace to recoup some (or all) or your costs.

Consider these key pointers if you plan to put your domains up for sale:

  1. Keep in mind that its harder to sell names no one has heard of.  Short, basic, relatable and common domain names tend to have higher value
  2. Determine your domain’s value by taking into account traffic, top level domains, and name length (again, shorter is better)
  3. Be realistic about your price.  Don’t overprice which can result in missed selling opportunities
  4. List your domain with a selling service.  Popular ones include Flippa, eBay, and Sedo

What other questions do you have regarding domain registration and management? Contact us here or leave us a buzz in the comments below.

Quick Start Guide for Choosing a Web Hosting Provider

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An image of a business man pointing to transparent board with text: Web Hosting.

Choosing the right web hosting provider for your website is a crucial factor to make your business successful.

There are so many web hosting companies out there offering so many different options, picking the right one can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to consider the amount of actual bandwidth you’ll need, but you also have to think about the type of hosting that will work for your website. Keeping the following considerations in mind should give you a little more confidence when choosing a web host.

“Free” Web Hosting Providers

When comparing your options for web hosting providers, pay close attention to the types of services available. Free web hosting comes always with a catch. Most free hosting providers come with limitations. In some cases, you could not use your own scripts or the hosting provider would insert advertising banners on your website. If you are planning on starting a serious online project, no matter if it is just a small personal blog, you should stop to seriously ponder paying your web host for getting full access. You can get a quality web hosting service only for €3.40 EUR (≈$4.30 USD) a month. This should be fit for everyone’s budget.

It may be also difficult to transfer your website elsewhere if you built it by using “free” website builder provided by the service. It is always good to have an exit strategy in case your web hosting services goes under or is not working as expected, so you won’t waste the time you already spend on building your website.

Choose a Reputable Hosting Provider

Numerous web hosting business are born and dying every day. Unfortunately many times when a hosting provider decides to quit, it happens unannounced. This means that your website may die with the provider.

You want to make sure that your site is hosted with people who actually know what they are doing. A good idea is to use Google to find unbiased customer reviews of your service provider candidate. If you’ll find praising reviews for over years of time, your website will be probably in good hands.

Safe Guards for Your Domain

If you are anyway about to choose an unreputable hosting provider for some reason, it may be a good idea to register your domain with a bigger registry service. This saves you a lot of stress, in case your hosting provider stops answering your emails when you wish to renew or move your domain elsewhere. Make sure you will have full control over your domain so you can unlock it and transfer it out whenever you want.

Also, beware of the “free domain” gimmick. A free domain certainly sounds nice, but this typically means that the hosting company retains ownership of it. In this case, you’re either stuck with the company forever or you have to buy the domain later for a high price. Ask questions during the research process about ownership and renewal fees so you’re not taken by surprise down the line.

The Level of Support

Most of webmasters need help of the customer support every once in a while. This is where you see the difference between sour apples and sweet oranges. Before signing up with your service provider, try to contact their support. See how quickly they respond and whether the answer is with the level of professionalism you expect. Consider only choosing a hosting service that has 24/7 support available (including Level-2 and Level-3 support).

Backup

You’ve probably asked yourself whether you can trust web hosting companies to back up your files. Weekly or daily backups are available with most of the hosting providers. But keep in mind that even though the host needs to perform regular backups, it’s unwise not to do off-site backups as well.

Any web hosting company will allow you to create a website, but a good one will help you avoid headaches in maintaining it. Considering these few aspects of a company before you jump in should provide some solid footing in making your choice.

If you’re still not sure which direction to go for your web hosting provider, contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you any way we can with this process.

6 Tips to Choose an Effective Domain name

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An image of 3D man thinking about domain name.

Choosing an effective domain name for your website is becoming more important in the age of internet marketing and branding development.

For some, the process of domain registration and choosing a domain name is a real mystery. But coming up with a good domain name for your business website doesn’t have to be difficult. These six handy tips will help you create a catchy, memorable and effective one.

1) Choosing .com or Country Top Level Domain?

There are many extensions to choose from, including .net, .org, .biz, .cc and etc. If you are building your website for international users, .com domain is the best option for you. Most Internet browsers automatically default to this extension as well. It’s definitely wise to take advantage of this default when choosing your domain name.

In case your website is only for users located in a certain country or area, you may consider using country level domains, such as .us, .uk or .is. These domains have more availability to choose from. It is however important to realize that rules and regulations for registering these domains may significantly differ from the common domain extensions.

2) Who are You, Where are You Located and What do You do?

Try to incorporate your business name and words that best describe what you do in your domain and in your entire site’s content. For example, Henri’s Car Wash in Reykjavik, Iceland might use a name like ‘henriscarwash.com’ or ‘reykjavikcarwash.com’. When searching for this type of service, people will most often look for ‘car wash´ near where they live, so make sure your location is mentioned in a lot of places on your website, or even in your URL. After all, who would want to travel to next town to get their car washed if they lived in Reykjavik?

3) Choose an Easy Name

Keep in mind that you’ll be giving your email and website address to people quite often. Many times, you’ll do so over the phone, which can lead to misunderstandings and inaccurate spellings. So, for example, if your car wash business is in the town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur (which is actual name of town in Iceland), you probably don’t want to include that in the name of your website.

A good option, in this case, might be to choose something basic like ‘carwash.is’, and just include your location in a lot of places on your website. That way, people searching for your services near your location will find it, but you don’t have to worry about misunderstandings when you’re telling people the name of your site. The golden rule is, the easier your domain name is to spell for the majority of people, the better.

4) Search for Expired Domain Names

Domain names expire constantly and expired names are a great way to get free traffic to your website. If you can find a good fit for your business by using an expired name, it will go a long way toward increasing your online exposure. Be aware that used domains are scooped up by resellers as soon as they become available. Check every day for expired domain names as soon as you know you want to set up a website.

5) Keep Your Domain Name Short

Making your domain name as short as possible is the best way to help people remember it. Longer, more complex names are more difficult to recall and fewer people will think of you when looking for your services. If you are creative and unique while keeping it short, your site name will stick in visitors’ minds. Shorter names are also easier to type and less likely to be spelled incorrectly.

6) Public or Private Registration

Companies will often search for the owners of domains when looking to solicit their own services. Choosing to use your company name rather than your personal name and address is a good way to protect your privacy. This will direct them to send their information to your business address, not your personal address. Furthermore, some of domain name registrars will keep your information private, keeping marketers and others at bay. This is already included within the price on our services.

Choosing a domain name for your website isn’t the most difficult thing you’ll do as a business owner, but it is extremely important. Following this guide should make it a little easier for you to decide. If you get creative and keep these tips in mind, you’re sure to find the perfect name for your domain.

If you’re still not sure which direction to go with your domain name, contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you any way we can with this process.