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  1. #41
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    nice tips... thanx

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    Quote Originally Posted by plumsauce View Post
    One workaround is to always attempt to renew your domain 3 months in advance. At the first sign of trouble caused by failure to accept payment, transfer it out to a registrar who is capable of accepting payment from an otherwise valid card.

    If you wait until the last few days, you won't have that flexibility.

    Even if the receiving registrar charges a couple of dollars more, you at least have retained the domain.
    My point exactly. Renew your domain in plenty of time in order to iron-out any problems.
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  3. #43
    This is very helpfully to me, I was lost one domain name of mine and now I renew them on time. Thanks

  4. #44
    Great initial post...and many interesting tidbits about Godaddy in some of the other posts.

    Does anyone know...if Godaddy decides to suspend an account, for whatever reason, does this extend to all other accounts associated with that user/credit card etc?
    If so, I'd seriously consider severing ties with any other account that mine might be linked to.

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    Why not ask them?
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    1. Never get your domain registration from your web host. Even if it's free.

    If you get into a dispute with your webhost and they also administer your domain registration, the webhost will in all likelihood lock you out from your domains until the dispute is settled. If you have a separate registrar for your domain registrations and you get into a dispute with your webhost, you can simply sign up with another webhost and point your domains to their new home with little downtime. It's insurance. Well worth the couple of extra bucks a year.
    As a systems administrator I can't agree more. I've been working on getting control of a domain name on behalf of a client because their host was bought out and shortly after just stopped providing support at all. I started the process August 12th and by September 4th they managed to transfer the old host's domain to a new account instead of my client's domain.

    As of Today they just let me know that they have informed Enom of mistake and are working on getting it fixed.

    The old host was a ModernDNS reseller which is a Enom reseller.

    I do not recommend going through any reseller if you require a timely response.


    2) Renew your domains before they expire.

    The recommended policy is to renew your domains 1 month before they expire. Then, if there are any problems to iron out, you have the time to get them fixed without having to pressurized by looming Renewal and Redemption Dates, unresponsive registrars, etc
    For any domains of value I recommend to my customers that they keep the domain expiry at least 1 year ahead at all times.

    My rational is that if the amount of money you stand to lose from your domain not working for a month exceeds 2 years renewal you should be doing it.

    Never ever use fake WHOIS info or contact info

    Another problem with purchasing your domains through your host is that some hosts will register the domain with their contact information. If they do this it makes it next to impossible to recover your domain from the registrar without taking legal action.
    Common sense is not so common.

  7. #47
    Can we consider to put this thread as sticky. These tips are very useful.

  8. #48
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    With regards to the comments about GoDaddy, I have heard a number of negative stories on the internet about them. After reading this and many other comments, I have transferred all of my currently active domains with domains that resolve to their nameservers away from GoDaddy.

    I called the company the other day, and spoke to a guy who said to me that they give 'sufficient warning', such as one notice before taking action. However, I have also heard stories of 'administration fees' when a domain is suspended and needs to get unsuspended - in other words, GoDaddy charges you for your domain supposedly breaking their conditions!

    I'm definately going to keep tabs on this thread. Good work!

  9. #49
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    Useful tips especially for newbie

  10. #50
    Thank you for the excellent tip.

    I have a question regarding tip #1. If the domain registrar and webhosting are two different companies, how do you connect the content with the domain name while still keeping them separate?

    My webhosting company told me to change the nameserver to point to theirs, but my domain registrar, Yahoo!, has the following to say:

    "If you replace Yahoo!'s default name servers, Yahoo! will no longer be able to provide any services associated with your domain."

    Does it mean that if I change the nameservers, I am changing the domain registrar to be the webhosting company?

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    As far as cheap registrars are concerned, STAY AWAY from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Turner View Post
    As far as cheap registrars are concerned, STAY AWAY from them.
    Amen to that!

    There ia always something wrong or a catch to the cheap ones!

    Nice tut!

  13. #53
    good suggestion about seperate domain names and hosting solutions

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    I almost forgot. I'm now stub formerly stu2.

    Well. It's a new year (2010). I'm kinda surprised this thread has made it for two years now. All my original comments remain as true today as when they were written.

    GoDaddy is still (by far) my favorite registrar (by far). 2nd is Name.com and lastly eNom.com. I've tried more than 75 Registrars/Resellers. These are definitely the best 3, imho. That's not to say some of the other Registrars are not good, or don't have a nice feature or two. But I'm slowly transferring all my remaining domains to GoDaddy. Should be (almost) complete within this year.

    GoDaddy has far and away the best control panel. You can search for your domains in ways that are not possible with most other Registrars. Pricing is good. Especially if you belong to their Domain Discount Club. Which I highly recommend if you have a lot of domains there. Checking out has always been a pain at GoDaddy, but you do learn to checkout easily after a while.

    GoDaddy's Preset-Profiles, a version of eNom's (formerly Bulk Register's) Magic Folders is great for synchronizing domain whois records and nameservers. Not as great as eNom's, but a must have if you have loads of domains.

    I'd also hate to go back to using GoDaddy without an Account Manager. Help is only an email away. Because of my time differences, I get my replies the next morning. Which is quite ok with me.

    Name.com has a streamlined control panel and superfast checkout. Help, when i've needed it has usually come from within a few minutes to 48hrs. My problems were resolved fast. I highly praise Name.com. I think they are great if you have 100 or so domains. Look for coupons or negotiate a better deal directly for better pricing. Free Private Whois is great if you want it. Free Google Apps, like GMail are also great if you use them. Personally, I don't use either.

    As for eNom. I think they are still a great Registrar with a good control panel. Their Magic Folders are their best feature, imho. But I just feel their support has gone downhill and they always look after eNom's interest first over the domainers. I'd say they have become a bit "stale". They used to be my preferred Registrar, but not any longer.

    Well I know this thread is about the Do's and Don'ts but there was some discussion about registrars. So I thought I'd add my opinions.

    Happy New Year
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    Too late to edit my post. Name.com Free Privacy works. Unlike many paid Privacy offering by Registrars. When you send an email to the privacy email address you get the email. GoDaddy's Privacy sucks, is very expensive, and doesn't work.
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    double post
    Last edited by stub; 01-09-2010 at 08:24 AM.
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  17. #57
    Oh no, my domain is registered with my web host. And that was the number 1 don't on this list! Haha!

  18. #58
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    Thanks for the tips, when I first started out I thought 3 word domain names were unique, but now I realize they are so easy to get they may not be an amazing choice.

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    Thanx it's brought to light solutions to a few problems I've been having.

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    thanks for sharing...nice write up too....very informative as a newbie like me

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    I haven't been here in a while, so i'd just like to say, I'm still here and ready for any questions. As an aside, i've added Dynadot.com to my list of favorite registrars.
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  23. #63
    All very good points, though I have not seen any providers that offer email support on domains.

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    Name.com do. In fact most providers offer email support. eNom and Moniker not among them.
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  25. #65
    Nice tips! Never know charge back will be considered as scam before.

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    VERY good read. Thanks for the pointers.

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    You are all welcome.
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    oh my god! these points are so true! great that you have written and advised these! users will be very cautious after reading this i am sure!

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    1. Never get your domain registration from your web host. Even if it's free.
    What if u buy a domain and they offer u free hosting with it?

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    Don't take them up on their offer. Get your hosting elsewhere. Ask yourself.. Why would anybody offer you free hosting for an $8/yr domain registration?
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    I have a new preferred Registrar. Dynadot.com. They have the equivalent of eNom's Magic Folders or GoDaddy's Preset Profiles. Actually better than both of them.

    Their Privacy is only $2 (or free for a Super Bulk Customer, like me). But the best thing about their privacy, is you retain your name in the whois and the rest of the contact info is private. This can then be manipulated to show your sales website, see whois for stuws.com for an example of what I'm talking about. Also privacy is added at Registration. The domain isn't first registered in your name and Privacy added later.

    Their checkout can still be a tad lengthy for some things, unlike Name.com for example, but not as difficult to handle as GoDaddy's. For other things it's a 2-click operation. I'm about 2/3rds complete in transferring my domain portfolio. It will never be 100% complete. But I'm only about 6-12 months away from it being as complete as it will ever be.

    You should look into whether you qualify for Bulk Pricing (spend $500/yr) or Super Bulk Pricing (spend $5000/yr). If you are spending at those levels, you get discounts on registrations/transfers/renewals, and it's a good idea to transfer the funds up front so that you are already recognized as a (Super) Bulk Customer from the beginning.

    So currently my preferred Registrars are 1) Dynadot, 2) GoDaddy. That doesn't mean I don't like any of the others. You should checkout my thread here http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1034914 for my other Registrar reviews.
    Last edited by stub; 12-12-2011 at 01:21 AM.
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    I forgot to mention the prices. $9.75 for a .com plus $2 privacy is pretty cheap (not the cheapest around) you will pay for just 1 domain. Cheaper if you are a Bulk or Super Bulk Customer. Prices go up in January because of increases from the Registry.
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  33. #73

    do's and dont's

    Dont's
    1. Donít use excessive dashes in the domain name.
    2. Donít use unrelated phrases in the domain name.

    Do's
    1. Do use the primary keyword phrase in your domain name.
    2. Be as specific as possible for your keyword phrase
    3. Place the primary keyword phrase at the beginning of the domain name.

  34. #74
    friends, i am new in this forum . i do not know much about domain and hosting.i want to redirect my domain name tanimsghostgossips.blogspot.com/ to tanimsghostgossips.com .how it will be possible. please help me.

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    Chargeback?

    Just wondering, what is a "chargeback"?

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