Buying A Domain Is Easy
It’s general knowledge for many that buying a domain name is easy and straightforward. While it seems simple from the outside, you might end up being at sixes and sevens when it comes to doing it right. So, there are things you should know before buying a domain for a business.
#1. Never Use Your Contact Email
E-mail eliminates the pain in communication and acts as a sophisticated marketing tool for individuals and businesses. So, it’s a good idea for your contact e-mail not to mix or caught up in the domain name. Hosting accounts for websites includes e-mail hosting, which can easily handle the typical needs of most users. But having a backup email is paramount for the following reasons:
- Always have a backup for your email and never rely on the e-mail hosting on a server. You can do this forwarding the email hosted on a server to any third-party emails like Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo.
- If your domain expires, any existing communication linked to the e-mail hosting would be inaccessible. So it’s wise to do the forwarding on the get-go.
- You need added reliability – Having your website and e-mail go down together might be too risky without a formal backup, so having e-mail on a separate third-party server is a way to solve this.
#2. Ensure You Are Listed as Registrant
Who is the registrant? The registrant is the one who controls the domain name, and this person is responsible for the billing, technical and administrative affairs connected to the domain.
It doesn’t matter who purchases the domain, but one thing that matters is to ensure it remains under your control at the very least. The intended business purpose is probably well known to an expert, but it might not be too clear to you as the business owners. At the drop of a hat, when the unexpected happens, tying the loose ends might be a mammoth task to many, and you want to ensure you avoid this by all means.
#3. List Developer Or Designer As The Technical Contact
It’s a great idea to be a registrant of a domain. However, being a registrant comes with the responsibility of fixing any technical-related issues that come with running a website on the Internet. So, you would need someone you trust, in this case, a web developer, to help resolve any convoluted-related issues related to the domain.
#4. Change Your Passcode Connected to Domain
The gateway to domain privacy is the passcode. Anyone with this can have access to contact information like email and other personal information. It is not uncommon to see things change hands when you first set up or configure server and website functionality. It happens. If you have supplied the designer with the domain manager information, should you need help with the domain? Always change the password to the domain manager afterwards.
#5. Know The Difference Between Hosting & Domain
A domain is a unique identifier while hosting is the server storing all the files pointing to the web address. The domain name tells the world visiting which server has your website files. For the sake of privacy, ensure login data for the domain and that of the hosting control panel are safe separately.
#6. I Was Naive, and Wasn’t Listed as Registrar
It’s OK if you didn’t know about this. If you are not listed, you are not going to have to bite the bullet and make the best of it, all you need do is contact the agency or company that registered the domain for you and request the login information. Once you have this detail in your possession, go ahead and change the registrant information to your own.
Well, sometimes, it could take a whole lot of blood and guts to have this information pulled into your possession. Some agencies won’t be easy to contact or give up the login information whenever a transfer is requested. If that happened, do the following:
- Go to whois search domain
- Enter your domain
- Scroll to the raw data
- You would find all the information connected to the company or current registrant
- Provide proof that shows you hired this individual or agency. Proof-like the bill of contract, invoice, or any paper trail will do, to convince the hosting provider to open a dispute and resolve it, although the response might depend on the agency overseeing the TLD (Top Level Domain)
Rule of Thumb
You can hire someone to help with the registration of a domain. If you did, you must do it with care. Ensure you are the registrant. And if you already have a domain name registered and unsure if you are registered as the registrant, check by using the “whois” domain..