Domain Transfer Made Easy

Domain Transfer Made Easy

There are many reasons a domain owner would want to transfer their domain name to another registrar. The new registrar may be much cheaper, provide an easier system and customer experience, or offer for a limited time only a discount on transfers with a coupon code.The owner of the domain has to check four major points with the old registrar in order to transfer a domain name from a registrar to another:

  1. The domain name should be unlocked to allow approved transfer.
  2. The domain name should not be protected by any privacy system like WHOIS Guard. If it is, it will have to be disabled.
  3. The registrant and administrator email addresses should be valid and working.
  4. The domain’s EPP key, which will be needed later, has to be identified.
    The new registrar provides a domain field where the domain “mydomain.com” has to be entered.
  5. The system can tell if the domain is transferable or not. Domains close to expire or new domains that are still in their first 60 days of registration can’t be transferred. It is possible to transfer in bulk with most registrars when listing on a new line each domain at submission.
    After payment is made the domain transfer is ready to start, the whole process taking some 48 hours to complete.
  6. This time is necessary for the two registrars to communicate and make sure that the transfer is legitimate and authorized by the domain’s owner.
    An email is first sent by the new registrar to the admin email address informing of the transfer order. This link points to a webpage with a choice box having the option to approve or deny the transfer. The EPP key, which is available in the old registrar, may also be asked at that point. Some registrars ask for this authorization key right in their platform instead of an online form.
    When the transfer has been accepted by the administrator of the domain, the new registrar proceeds with different WHOIS checks and notifies the old registrar of the transfer request. At that moment the old registrar sends an email message to the administrator with a link that directs to the same kind of approval page we already know.
    After transfer is accepted by the administrator with the old registrar, the process continues and is soon to be completed. The new registrar sends an email when the transfer is finally completed at best two days later. In the case of any issues arising along the way, notifications are sent.
    After the last notification is received, it is necessary to check if the new registrar has accurate WHOIS infos and if the DNS servers listed are correct and point to the website’s web server. If the domain was parked, the new registrar should have a parking option with their own DNS entries and the possibility to forward the domain to another address.
    When the different steps and duration of the process are known, it is not so difficult to transfer a domain name. More information can be read at most domain registration services.

Choosing a Web Host

Choosing a Web Host

Choosing a web hosting package can be a bit of a headache so here’s a bunch of criteria to consider when making your decision: the location, Windows or Linux, shared or dedicated, free web host, blogging platform, and research.
The location

Many Europeans are tempted to get a web host in the USA where you can get some pretty good deals but as someone who’s had web hosting both abroad and in my own country, I can advise you to go with a web host located in your country. The customer experience you’ll get is much better, especially as their working hours will be daytime for you so you can raise an issue in the morning and have it solved within a few hours, instead of waiting for them to get in the office.

Linux or Windows?

Linux servers are always cheaper so if cost is an issue, go with Linux. Apache (Linux) servers often come with php and MySQL pre-installed, which will give you a pretty powerful set of tools should you develop your website into something bigger requiring the use of a database.

The advantage of going with a Linux server is that such add-ons are actually free to install so the hosting company will often provide them as default, or at most charge you a very low set up fee, but you don’t have to worry about software charges.

If cost isn’t such an issue, my advice would still be to go with Linux because more than two thirds of servers are actually Linux (so you can find more online support for them) unless you specifically know how to use Windows tools such as ASP and do not want to learn a new language (php).

Shared or dedicated server?

If it’s your first foray into web hosting and you’re not quite sure how to create a website or how to promote it, a cheaper shared server is probably the best option. If however, you have a pretty good idea of what you’re doing, you’ve got a marketing campaign to drive traffic to your website or you have plans for several other websites, a dedicated server acting as an host for your high profile website or acting as a shared hosting hub for all your websites is the solution.

Research your web host

Before signing on with a web hosting company, research them. Type in their name and go through the first couple of pages of results on Google to see what problems people have had with them . The nature of the business is that all servers will go offline from time to time but the way a web host deals with this is of the utmost importance: basics you should be looking for are an online helpdesk with a ticketing system as well as a phone number if things really get wrong.
Domain name

When possible, get your domain name from your web host. I know, I know, you might save a few dollars by going somewhere else but then you’ll have to figure out how to direct it to the right server, which could be your first hurdle in setting up your website. Unless you know what you’re doing, choose the easy route and get them from the same company. Even if you get them on separate occasions, a click of the mouse should be enough to direct the domain name to your server, as opposed to tracking down the DNS numbers and so on.
Why not a free host?

Whether to pay for web hosting or not is a choice based on your needs in terms of server. If you’re planning on using any kind of server-side technology, such as URL redirect, php, MySQL, then you’ll need a web host.

I just want a blog

There are really 2 sides to every website: design and content. If you’re happy to use an off-the-shelf design tool and just want to focus on your content, then you can use the free blogging tools made available by many companies, from MySpace to Blogger. If you want to start off with an off-the-shelf design tool but want to customise it, then it is worth getting your own server and install a content manager software such as WordPress or Joomla.

This way, you can set up your website quickly but you will be able to modify the look as you learn how to tweak the templates and perhaps even make your own. And of course, if you want to design your website from scratch, like I’ve done here, you will want your own server.

Shop around
Not all web hosts are equal and there is no ‘best’ one. A web host suitable for a big corporate website might be hugely expensive for your blogging website, and vice versa, a web hosting package that might be a good deal for a low traffic website will not be the best deal for your new web 2.0 company. Websites often include in their footers who provide their web hosting so look for websites in your country similar in size and shape to what you want to do and start off your research by checking out the companies that provide their web hosting.

 

Run Multiple Websites

Run Multiple Websites

A Subdomain is a described as domain in the Domain Name System (DNS), which is underneath another domain name in the hierarchy, for example
Domain name: mydomainname.com Subdomain: articles.mydomainname.com
Subdomains can be used to establish branding and focus on separate products or services for your business.

In the URL support.companyxyz.com/, ‘support’ is a subdomain of companyxyz.com. There is no extra work or cost involved in using subdomains, as you do not need to register each subdomain, since they are based on your main domain name. You do however need to create the subdomain via the hosting control panel.
Possible Uses of Subdomains:

1. Online shops or portals

You can use subdomains to provide an online shop or portal under the (second level) domain of your corporate or personal website. The distribution of domain and subdomains could be something as follows:
Top Level Domain (TLD): companyxyz.com Subdomain: shopname.companyxyz.com Subdomain: auction.companyxyz.com

2. Multilingual Websites

You can take advantage of subdomains to setup your corporate or personal website with multiple languages. If your domain is companyxyz.com for example, you can strategically deploy your website using subdomains. This could be in a division of domain and subdomains as follows:

Top Level Domain (TLD): companyxyz.com Subdomain: en.companyxyz.com Subdomain: fr.companyxyz.com Subdomain: de.companyxyz.com
Subdomains are by default included free of charge with all business/personal web hosting plans, and you can create and configure them in real-time through your dedicated hosting control panel.

Most businesses dislike the use of subdomains because they feel that they give them a disadvantage in some areas. Some of the worries held by some businesses are having a prefix name before their main web-site, being ignored by spiders in search engines and for other business reasons. Subdomains just don’t look right for some businesses. So, consider the following facts on subdomains.

Subdomains no doubt rank efficiently well on search engines. Search engine spiders and bots do not discriminate when ranking subdomains and regular domains.

You need not worry about search engines, as long as your site keep to the rules of the search engines, have the right set of keywords and your website has been optimized correctly. Its rest assured that, whether you have a subdomain or regular domain name you can still rank very well in search engines.

Let’s assume that your website has a lot of content categories in it. If your website is submitted to a search engine, you could submit each subdomain as a separate category in its own right and still get a good ranking.

Achieving good search engine ranking depends on many factors. In this scenario, each subdomain you submit to the search engine will be looked at by search engines as a new site in its own right with its own index or home page.

Another good SEO technique to use to get over the subdomain hurdle is to create subfolders on your subdomain, so that search engines can read them as one set of information.

Businesses worry about their subdomains getting banned by search engines if their main domain name is banned. If the main domain is banned, it will have a cascading effect on the subdomain.

Domains are banned if they are in flagrant violation of rules that govern website content and practices. Keep to ethical standards, and you will never have to worry about getting banned by search engines or even your ISP or web hosting company.

With all the fears and doubts surrounding subdomains, I can say that the benefits far outweigh the fears held by some businesses.
Business Benefits of Setting up and Developing Content on Subdomains
Cost savings: You may or may not save money, so don’t get too excited yet. Some Web hosts require you to purchase a separate hosting account for each subdomain. You should take your time to shop around for a web host who can allow you to set up multiple subdomains at no extra costs. This is great; it’s like getting different Web sites for the price of one.

Higher search engine ranking you get a boost in most search engines when you use your important keywords in your domain name. But if you’re targeting a lot of keywords, they’re hard to cram into a single domain name. Subdomains give you more opportunity to include keywords with your domain.

Easier domain maintenance: With a single domain name, you only have one annual payment, login, and expiration date to remember. The same ease goes with your hosting account if your host allows multiple subdomains on the same account.

Considering Subdomains?

If you are considering using sub domains, bear in mind that the proper use will help you organize and promote your site effectively.

You should be able to set up and manage add-on domains, parked domains and subdirectories from your hosting account or domain hosting control panel.

If in any doubt, please consult your web host before proceeding. Doing your homework and gathering the correct information prior to entering into any contract will save you a lot of pains in future.

The True Cost of Owning a Website

The True Cost of Owning a Website

I get asked all the time by potential clients “how much is a web site is gonna set me back?” so I thought it would be useful to outline the costs associated with running a website.

Your going need to buy a domain name….that’s the bit that come after the www. or the @ in an email for the uninitiated. A .co.uk will cost you a fee of about &pound.

5.98 (payable every 2 years) a .com about £20 (again every 2 years). There are newer domain types that are cheaper but my advice would be stick to the one that is primary for your country. Your going to need a website built, so you will incur design fees. What you want determines what you pay we offer a simple 2 page web presence at £75, most clients are surprised at how good the site looks for that sort of money. If you want something you can easily update and add pages to yourself then your looking at around &pound 150 pounds from us.

When you consider what you pay for yellow pages I think the costs are pretty reasonable, more complex projects require us to give you a quote. You will need a web-host, a web-host is the computer/server that runs your website and makes it available to the world. It also usually provides your email service. We offer hosting to our design customers starting at £5 per month, but their are other hosts out there.

And that’s it really until you decide that you want a redesign. Not exactly a fortune is it?  to get a simple site off the ground  a year to keep it running!