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Lessons on Domain Names

We like to empower our clients to understand more about the services we offer.  Knowing about Domain Names will help you keep your company safe and make you realize the value of having someone handle these services for you.  We will periodically post new articles in this section as new rules and regulations come out…!


Get the Contacts Listed Right on Your Domain

There are three standard “contacts” that are registered with your Domain. The purpose of this is to define ownership, who you are, and who has control of your Domain. We will need to know all of this information in order to appropriately register your Domain.  As the owner of a Domain, you should know how this is listed on your behalf.

Registrar/Owner Contact: (This is YOU – the OWNER)

  1. Your Name
  2. Your Business/Organizational Name
  3. Your Address (Street, City, State, and Country)
  4. Your Phone Number
  5. Your Fax Number (opt)
  6. Your Email Address
  7. DNS/Server Address (what server you want your Domain pointed at)

Administrative Contact:

Normally, we make your Web Designer the Administrative Contact so that he/she can help you with any Domain issues you may have. This contact has lots of control over your Domain, so you need to decide if you want your web designer or yourself to be this contact. This is the person that will be contacted for Domain transfers, renewals, and any other concerns about your Domain. This contacts email address is the most important thing to keep accurate on your Domain Name.  Typically, we are the Administrative Contact for our clients to let us server them better, but that is up to the client to decide.

Technical Contact:

Normally, we make your server or web host the Technical Contact so that they can help you with any problems that may come up with your Domain. You need to decide if this is the way you would like your Domain registered.  This is the least important contact listed because they rarely have to do anything and have very little control of anything.  Typically, we are the Technical Contact for our clients since we host their sites, but this is also up to the client to decide.

Private Domain Registration

There is an option called “private registration” that essentially hides the above contact information that is listed with a Domain Name.  What this means is that if someone looks up your Domain on a Whois Lookup (like Internic), it will NOT show your information.  We rarely recommend this option to our clients because it costs more money and we don’t see a real reason to do it.  The majority of websites are all about marketing you and your company, so why hide who owns the name?

Most discount Registrars try to TRICK YOU into buying Private Registration.  Why?  Because they get to charge you more money for something that you most likely don’t need.  On some of these places, it is actually defaulted to have you buy it – a real discount.  So, they tell you one price and then you end up paying double or triple by the time you checkout.

We won’t add Private Registration on a Domain Name unless you ask us or we suggest it to you for a very specific purpose.

Verify Your Email

There is a new law that was recently enacted by Congress that requires a “verification process” when any of the core pieces of information are changed within the Contacts on a Domain. So, if you change the “Registrar’s Email Address”, they will then have to confirm the new address before it is finalized. If you don’t verify it, they will literally make the domain not work (i.e. your site will be down), and people will see a message saying that it was taken down due to Domain Record Violations. Obviously, this is a very important step to do and we make sure it happens for our clients!

Note: With some of the alternative Domains, you may need to provide additional information specific to those extensions. For example, “.us” Domains require you to confirm that you are a US Citizen or a US based business.

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