WHAT’S IN A DOMAIN?
Every website needs a domain name. It’s your address on the internet (perhaps “yourwebsite.com” or “yourname.com”).
There are various places on the internet where you can register (buy) your domain name. To get your domain name, you need to first see if the name you want is available. Once you purchase the domain name, you own it.
NOT ALL DOMAIN REGISTRARS ARE CREATED EQUAL!
If you don’t renew your domain name before the registration period ends, it will expire and become available for other people to register. You’ll no longer be able to access your website using that domain name! So, it’s extremely important you keep your domain name registration current.
Keep in mind that different registrars offer varying levels of lapse protection, or some offer no protection at all.
WHO IS HOSTING MY DOMAIN?
If you are unsure as to who is hosting your domain, go to this link and enter your domain name (without the www):
The Whois database will show you some really valuable information, including:
- The Registrar of your domain
- The creation and expiration date of your domain
- The Administrative and Technical contact for your domain
As YOU own the domain YOU should be listed as the Administrative Contact for your domain, not your web designer or web hosting company. Also, please make sure you keep all aspects of your domain’s account up to date and that your domain registrar has updated contact information for you on file. If they can’t contact you, you just may miss a renewal notice and lose your domain. If you do have your domain registered with another company and it lapses, your site WILL GO DOWN and there is nothing Maine Hosting Solutions can do for you until you square up with your registrar.
MAINE HOSTING SOLUTIONS PLATINUM DOMAIN SERVICES
If you have your domain registered through Maine Hosting Solutions, we will never allow the registration of your domain to lapse. In fact, we provide FREE domain registration protection for all domains hosted through us. Having your domain registered through Maine Hosting Solutions also adds the added convenience of streamlined, automated billing.
If you would like to take advantage of Maine Hosting Solutions’ Platinum Domain Registration Services, please contact our Sales Department.
You can certainly register your domain through a cut rate registrar, but is it really worth it?