View Full Version : Domain Purchasing Tips and Advice

07-22-2006, 01:44 AM
I'm thinking of purchasing a domain name. Before I do though, I'd like to hear opinions and get some advice. Domains seem like a shady business, and I don't want to risk anything.

Less than a year ago, I was planning on getting a domain name, and after I had checked its availability, it was taken! :mad: You can imagine how mad it made me.... I don't want to go through that again.

What are some good, trustable, legitimate domain sellers? What should I know when I get a domain?

07-22-2006, 03:44 AM
I hate to tell you this, but a lot of domain names that you might want are already taken. That's life. Just keep thinking of ones you might want and check them for availability.

In terms of advice, the one thing I would tell you is to register it on your own and not have your web host register it for you as part of some special deal. Most hosts are legitimate in this regard. However, I have heard horror stories of shady hosting companies holding your domain for "ransom" when you decide to move on to another hosting company. Just register the domain yourself. That way, there is no question as to who really owns it.

07-22-2006, 03:49 AM
If you see it and like it then buy it! , not next week or next month or even tomorrow, buy it (I have lost firepages.com twice because of slackness (once by a day!)).

DON'T buy a domain as part of a hosting package or from a third party (your ISP etc) as they often register the domain in their name and you end up with no control over your own property! [edit:vinyl beat me to this one]

Use a big registrar like godaddy or similar (though IMO network (NO)solutions should be avoided) and its hard to go wrong.

I would also advise finding 1 or 2 registrars you like and sticking with them, having registrars left right and center can become a nightmare to administrate.

Note that ALL (IME excepting primusdomain.com) registrars try to rob you if you forget to renew, they will often hold your domain for an extra 30 days or so but will make you pay big bucks to get it back.

07-22-2006, 04:09 AM
Firepages, your comments reminded me of something else. Set your domain to auto-renew (that is, if you want to make sure you don't lose it). Also, make sure your credit card information is up to date with your registrar. Otherwise, auto-renew won't work.

07-22-2006, 08:49 PM
It was my mistake when I searched for my domain. Back then, I didn't know about this sneaky, domain-stealing "scam".

When you get a domain, how do you control it? Let's say I get it from GoDaddy. Do they give you a control panel for managing the domain? And can you easily switch from host to host?

Thanks for the advice.

07-22-2006, 09:37 PM
I can't tell you what kind of control panel GoDaddy has, because they're not my registrar. I have networksolutions.com, and yes, they have a control panel that I can go into to manage my account. I can change nameservers, change administrative or technical contacts, my contact email address, etc. I'm sure GoDaddy has something like that as well.

Grant Palin
07-22-2006, 10:49 PM
Your web host would provide the nameservers you need to point the domain to. So that when the domain.com is entered into a web browser, the nameservers know where to direct the request.

The domain provider (e.g. GoDaddy) has a control panel, where for each domain you have registered with them, you can specify the nameserver to direct requests.

07-24-2006, 12:13 AM
firepages, get your domain snap ready at snapnames.com and godaddy.com - i lost a .com domain once (out of renewal stupidity) then 2 weeks ago i sold its .co.uk sister for £3,200. Obviously my ignorance with the .com cost me.

qwertyuiop, here's my two sense:

1. - Always register good short descriptive keyword domains that are relevant to your product or service. forget using initials as replacements for keywords.

2. - consider registering its sister versions i.e .com, .net and your home country and give maybe consider registering typo domains.

(i'm getting good at this, who wants to pay me to do a webinar?)

07-24-2006, 01:30 AM
I use GoDaddy, I've always been satisfied. Earlier this year my domain for my blog expired and I hadn't got the warning messages since I had changed email addresses and not updated my contact info with GoDaddy. However they were nice enough to hold it an extra 30 days at no extra fee. So I just logged in and renewed it and my domain was back within a few hours (the DNS information had to re-propogate).

07-24-2006, 01:32 AM
i just started using godaddy, hugely impressed, my only gripe would be the 'journey' to the checkout.

07-25-2006, 01:29 AM
i just started using godaddy, hugely impressed, my only gripe would be the 'journey' to the checkout.Mind sharing that journey?

And thanks guys for all the advice. :)

07-25-2006, 01:39 AM
Well if I recall they ask you about a couple different special offers on the way to the checkout that you have to click "no" to. It isn't that big of a deal.