Domain Names, Registrars and Errata

John Raasch on Apr 21, 2011 in Websites

Domain Names, Registrars and Errata

One of the many things I get assigned to here at Mindfly’s Web Design Studio is to help our clients with domain registration.  So after Maya pointed out to me (with a smirk) that I had not been the prolific blog poster I should be, I hereby dedicate this blog post to those of you who may need some resources to help.

When registering a new domain name, use a "top level" registrar like Godaddy.com, and not a reseller. This saves time and usually money. Potential problems are also minimized by the number of participants that have access to your accounts. ICANN manages the registry, and is the site to visit if you are interested in DNS and registrars.

Your first step is to find out where your domain is currently registered using a lookup tool. Our preferred choice being Whois.  Once you perform the a lookup, if your domain has not paid extra for “private” status, you can see a number of things like who owns the domain, and importantly, when it expires.  Here you can also verify domain ownership. The example below shows you how our information appears on Whois.

Registrant:
Mindfly Inc.
215 W. Holly St
Suite H22
Bellingham, Washington 98225
United States

Domain Name:
MINDFLY.COM
Created on: 22-Jan-99
Expires on: 22-Jan-15**
Last Updated on: 01-Jul-09

Administrative Contact:
Raasch, John
Mindfly Inc.
215 W. Holly St
Suite H22
Bellingham, Washington 98225
United States
+1.3606477470      Fax --

Technical Contact:
Raasch, John
Mindfly Inc.
215 W. Holly St
Suite H22
Bellingham, Washington 98225
United States
+1.3606477470      Fax --

Domain servers in listed order:
NS0.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS1.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS2.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS3.DNSMADEEASY.COM
NS4.DNSMADEEASY.COM

Then, by clicking the “registration” tab, you can see where the domain is registered:

CANN Registrar:
GODADDY.COM, INC.
Created: 1999-01-22
Expires: 2015-01-22**
Updated: 2009-07-01 **

The talk around the water cooler indicates that Google pays attention to the domain registration period and the consensus is to keep the domain registered out at least two years for improved search engine rankings.

Once your domain name approaches its expiration date, you will get an email and/or a letter asking you to renew.  Regrettably this is an opportunity for phishing schemes, where you will recieve a remarkable number of fraudulent emails and letters asking you to renew, when in fact they are trying to get you to transfer, and ultimately lose control of your domain.  Of course they will gladly sell it back to you.  What’s the takeaway?

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