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    How do i register a domain name?

    What i need is a really easy to understand basic guide to registering a domain name, and anything else thats involved. Thanks.

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    Pick a registrar. I like GoDaddy.com myself.

    Enter the domain you want in the search box.

    Click the checkout button/link and pay for the registration.

    You have now registered the domain name. That's really it.

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    Im looking at godaddy and it says new dot.coms $9.99, and then it says $1.99 domains. Whats the difference?

    And just out of interest, does it make any difference at all (apart from the price, but i can see that generally its cheap) which registrar i go with? Im thinking that the only real difference is in the little extras that different registrars offer, gimmicks and whatnot, in which case its just a matter of finding the cheapest.

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    It doesn't matter, as long as it's an accredited registrar, you're getting exactly the same thing. All they do is charge you a fee to send a message to the same single registry (operated by Verisign) that the domain is now owned, by whom, and for how long.

    As for the $1.99 vs $9.99, right under the $1.99 graphic it says "...with any non-domain purchase". In other words, it's a discount on the registration when you also purchase one of those expensive extras.

    I would recommend against buying hosting, e-mail, or anything else like that from a domain registrar. It's not their primary business and they don't do it as well as companies where it is.

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    I actually understood all of that. Im getting better at this. Thanks.

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    You should look into these points as well:

    1. Domain is registered on your own name and you must have all the domain rights on your name. some times when people are selling domains cheaper they do not give full rights to customers.
    2. You should check that there should not be any problem if you want to transfer the domain to another registrar. Above mentioned registrar took 10 months to transfer one of our domains and it is famous to hold the domains.
    3. You should check that domain lock is available free of cost
    4. You should check that Privacy Protection is available free of cost.
    5. You should check the reputation, specially the negative aspects, of so-called accredited registrars before signing up with them.
    6. You should check whether prices are freezed and registrar is stick to his terms and conditions.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks, ill do that.

    But to save me time, who do you use? Ill just use them.

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    Please visit resellerclub.com if you really want the best registrar with almost all the features mentioned above in our post except freezed price.

    Best of luck.

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    So, with resellerclub.com, i get the following?...:

    1. Domain is registered on your own name and you must have all the domain rights on your name (what rights?). some times when people are selling domains cheaper they do not give full rights to customers.

    2. No problem if you want to transfer the domain to another registrar.

    3. Domain lock is available free of cost (what does this even mean?)

    4. Privacy Protection is available free of cost.

    5. Good reputation


    And what is freezed price? Is it important? Does it make a difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leafar View Post
    So, with resellerclub.com, i get the following?...:

    1. Domain is registered on your own name and you must have all the domain rights on your name (what rights?). some times when people are selling domains cheaper they do not give full rights to customers.

    2. No problem if you want to transfer the domain to another registrar.

    3. Domain lock is available free of cost (what does this even mean?)

    4. Privacy Protection is available free of cost.

    5. Good reputation
    Yes
    And what is freezed price? Is it important? Does it make a difference?
    It means no price changed in future - fixed price till you are with registrar, whatsoever is the situation. You can now answer your own your 2 following questions.

    Good luck.

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    Ok im ready to go but just one more thing. When these things increase in price, do they tend to increase by a lot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leafar View Post
    Ok im ready to go but just one more thing. When these things increase in price, do they tend to increase by a lot?
    Not seen till date.

    Best regards,.

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    Im registering now, but in the part where you have to enter your zip code, i cant. Im in england and we have post codes. I entered my post code and it doesnt accept it. Is there a way round this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leafar View Post
    Im registering now, but in the part where you have to enter your zip code, i cant. Im in england and we have post codes. I entered my post code and it doesnt accept it. Is there a way round this?
    First select the country, then state and then city, finally code

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    I did that already. Many sites where they have this kind of thing change "Zip code" to "Postal code" when you select UK. This doesnt do that. It wants me to put a zip code, even though ive chose UK, etc. Wheni put my post code it doesnt accept it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leafar View Post
    I did that already. Many sites where they have this kind of thing change "Zip code" to "Postal code" when you select UK. This doesnt do that. It wants me to put a zip code, even though ive chose UK, etc. Wheni put my post code it doesnt accept it.
    Looks strange. We are trying to register one domain with UK address with them and will let you know.

    good luck.

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    leafar,

    If that registrar is giving you fits, move to another one. There is nothing special about one host over another. Google for registrars and select the one with the services you want and the most reasonable price.

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    You forgot the first step, which is to register and have account in Godaddy
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post
    Pick a registrar. I like GoDaddy.com myself.

    Enter the domain you want in the search box.

    Click the checkout button/link and pay for the registration.

    You have now registered the domain name. That's really it.
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    Godaddy is really hard while registering domain.
    I would prefer you to use name.com
    make an account and just try their search, select domain you want to buy, and checkout.

    it's easy
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    Here are some more tips on choosing the best domain name:

    1) Don't register domain names that are too long and have too many syllables if you can help it. Yes, you can register names up to 63 characters long, but that doesn't mean you have to use all 63 characters.

    You want your name to be easy to remember. Not everyone will bookmark your page initially so try to think of something that can be easily remembered -- although I realize this may be tricky since a lot of names are taken these days.

    2) Use hyphens if your name is more than 3 words long (unless your name includes 3 short words). A name like carbuying.com doesn't really need a hyphen because it's readable the way it is.

    However a name like used-car-buying-scams.com looks better than usedcarbuyingscams.com since there are so many words in the name.

    3) Protect your name by registering multiple extensions (.net, .org, etc.) This deters people from copying your name. For example, if you own garden-tips-for-us.com you can also register garden-tips-for-us.net and any other extension that's available.

    You don't have to build a site on all the domains, but you can reserve the others to keep people (copycats) from registering them.

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    Summarizing that I would like to say in few words about your prospective domain names. Firstly you should like it and the next that should be memorable for others.
    The choicce of the domain name registrar is important but not so.
    Good luck

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    This is as simple as it gets.

    Step 1. Go to Dynadot to register domain. (xxx.com)
    Step 2. Go to hostgator to register hosting. State you have you a domain xxx.com
    Step 3. Hostgator would give you the DNS. E.g. ns123.hostgator.com ns124.hostgator.com after 24 hours.
    Step 4. Go to Dynadot and update your DNS under name servers.
    Step 5. After that wait for 1 day. Sometimes it's updated within 15 mins. Once you see cgi bin in your domain it means it has been successfully pointed.
    Step 6. Login to your Cpanel. E.g. xxx.com/cpanel and start configuring your email accounts and uploading your website.
    Step 7. Get a free FTP software to upload the data - Filezilla.
    Step 8. Upload your website content insider the folder public_html which is the root folder.

    Hope this helps.


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