When you choose a domain name, it’s important that you are careful in your decision. It’s more than just coming up with a catchy name; it needs to be easy to remember, apply to your business, and not be too similar to someone else’s. Once you’ve landed on the perfect solution, you have to consider the registration of the new domain name.
The great news is that it’s gotten easier to do now more than ever but it’s still a little confusing to a newbie. From different registrars to new domain extensions, there seem to be endless options to narrow down. Take a look at this guide to help you make the right choices when it comes to your domain name so that you don’t end up with a future disaster.
Get to know your registrar
Your registrar is a company that is in charge of registering new domain names and maintaining the existing ones. Many times they will resell their services through affiliate firms which makes it hard for you to keep track of their administrative details. You can go on sites like Whois to check the registrar and their current contact details for domain services.
Don’t let your domain expire
One thing you need to remember as a domain name owner is to make sure you aren’t letting your domain name expire. Having it registered and managed by someone else is perfectly fine, but you need to keep track of your expiration dates for renewal.
Once your domain name expires, it doesn’t belong to you anymore and you’ll have to repurchase it for a specific amount. Plus, you’ll have to face the embarrassment with your customers when service was disrupted. One option is that you can purchase it for 10 years and have it set up for auto renewal after that.
How does your email work?
You may have wondered how your email will work with your domain name. You need to know where your emails are getting saved and downloaded to your local mail server from the dedicated server or cloud. If you were to decide to switch hosting providers, moving your emails from one server to another will take a long time and you may lose messages along the way.
You’ll have to make sure that your contact details are accurate on your domain registration because many times they come out incorrectly. A user who registered your domain could have accidentally listed himself as the contact or it could be someone how doesn’t work for your company anymore. Provide accurate details and consider using a generic mail id that you’ll always have access to.
Do you really need a private domain?
One option you may be considering is a private domain. It may sound great to have a private domain for the extra money to protect your privacy but it could end up to be a problem later on. If the privacy is switched on for a domain and at a later time the client isn’t sure who registered it, the firm could lose control over winning its own domain without taking legal action.
Lastly, make sure you know where the Domain Name Service or DNS resides in case you ever change hosting providers. Use this guide to understand everything you need to know about your domain name.