10 Basic Things About Your Domain Name

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10 Basic Things About Your Domain Name

Posted by on July 21 2009 | 0 Comments
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An entire industry is dedicated to buy and resell of expired domain names. You’ll be amazed to know that most of their inventory comes from collecting the expired domain names of businesses. We at Candid understand the importance of a domain name and offer various relevant services. The experts here urge to get the right domain name for client’s website and provide the exact solution to avoid it from getting expired.

We have got together a list of ten basic things that one should know about their domain name:

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  • Domain Registrar Company Name – Your domain was bought from this company. This is the only place from where you can update or renew any domain information. If you don’t know your domain registrar company name then visit Better Who Is http://www.betterwhois.com and enter your domain name. You’ll receive a confirmation code and instantly given the name of your registrar.
  • Domain Registrar Username and Password – You need to have the username and password of your domain to make any changes. Contact your domain registrar in case you don’t know your login and account name.
  • Domain Registrant – Generally, the business owner is termed as the registrant. But, the person with the registrar username and password has full control over the domain. He is considered as the legal owner of your domain. In most cases, companies find out that often their ex-employee, or the web hosting company they hired are the registrant of their domain name. To know about your domain registrant search at Better Who Is.
  • Domain Registrant Contact Information – It is important that the contact information of the registrant given at registrar’s website is current. At times, registrant change their email address or ISP and don’t notify the registrar. In such a situation, you might lose your domain name since you’ll never be notified that your domain name has expired.
  • Domain Expiration Date – Every registrant must know when his/her domain name is set to expire. Since, there are some people who will get your expired domain name and resell it back to you for more.
  • Domain Locked Status – By default at the registrar, every new domain name registrations are locked. Therefore, no changes can be made without notifying the registrar. After a couple of years, it is possible that your registrar may not have locked your domain name. Make sure to check this at the website of your registrant.
  • Your Web host – You’ll be shocked to know that many businesses are unaware of their web hosting company. It’s hard to believe, but many businesses faced with the loss of a key employee don’t even know who is hosting their website. If you want to know about your webhost, do the following steps:
    1. To determine your “Name Server” settings visit Better Who Is.
    2. Go to DNS Stuff and search under “DNS Lookup.” Enter your domain name without the first prefix.
    3. You’ll be given the name of the domain that owns your name servers.
    4. Once you’ve the Name Server owner’s domain name, visit their site to get their contact information.
  • Your Domain FTP Username and Password – If you want to make any changes to site then you must know your domain FTP username and password. Make sure to change this information after any key employee leaves your company since, it is very crucial.
  • Domain Control Panel Access – It helps in adding or removing any email address, mailing lists, FTP users, or subdomains to your current domain.
  • Website Visitor Statistics – Only certain web host companies offer free comprehensive reporting on your website visitors. However, not many owners are aware of this fact. Therefore, make sure to get in touch with your webhost, to get your site statistics.

Some Important Definitions:

  • Domain name – This is your site’s url or “address” on the web.
  • Registrant – The legal owner of a domain name. At times, the business owner or company using the domain name are not the legal owners.
  • Registrar – An online service to register your domain names.

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