Transferring Domains

Written by Richard Lowe

Are you gettingrepparttar service that you require from your domain registrar? Actually, thinking about it for a minute, it might be a better question to ask, do you even know what services are available? Are you aware that you can shop around and get better prices, more features and far better customer service?

Guess what? All domain registrars are notrepparttar 108312 same.

Okay, let's back up a minute. Way back whenrepparttar 108313 internet was young (maybe 5 years ago) all domain names were handled by Network Solutions, Inc. In those dark, evil days you had no choice. It didn't matter what you thought ofrepparttar 108314 process, it was unimportant that you were not getting service andrepparttar 108315 price, well, was a standard high fee.

A few years agorepparttar 108316 government decided that Network Solutions would no longer be a monopoly. The government wanted to do this to deregulaterepparttar 108317 industry and encourage competition, and also perhaps to spur a little bit of growth into this thing calledrepparttar 108318 internet.

Okay, so now you do have a choice. In fact, there are well over a hundred different domain registrars at last count. They seem to be springing up all overrepparttar 108319 place, andrepparttar 108320 level of support and service, as well asrepparttar 108321 price, seems to vary greatly.

You may not know it, but you can change domain registrars at any time. It's actually not very complicated at all.

Here are some ofrepparttar 108322 questions that you may have regarding domain transfers.

How much does it cost?

It depends uponrepparttar 108323 domain registrar. I have found that many will transfer your domain for no cost to get your business. Others will charge a few dollars ($5 to $20 or more), but will droprepparttar 108324 fee if you extend your domain for a couple of years. Shop around and find a good deal.

What arerepparttar 108325 advantages of transferring?

You may not likerepparttar 108326 domain registrar you are currently using - perhaps they have poor support or cost too much. You can shop around and findrepparttar 108327 best solution for your needs.

Remember, though, that if you are like most people, domain registration is something you will not do very often, so perhaps customer support is not all that important.

Domain Name Slamming

Written by Richard Lowe

Today I received a notice inrepparttar mail claiming that my domain name was about to expire. The letter was written in extremely alarming terms, as if my entire world would be destroyed forever if I was stupid enough to allowrepparttar 108311 name to expire. The letter made it clear that I could renew immediately and should, because ifrepparttar 108312 domain expired I would, of course, lose it and thus life as I knew it would come to a close.

Closer examination revealed thatrepparttar 108313 document was not from my domain registrar at all. In fact, it was from some company that I had never heard of before. The letter certainly looked official and important, but in reality it was just more junk mail.

Okay, first question: how had these idiots gotten my home address? Simple. As it turns out, this is a common practice among some of repparttar 108314 less ethical domain registrars. Usingrepparttar 108315 WHOIS database, they get a list of all ofrepparttar 108316 domain names about to expire, then send a letter to each address explaining this fact and offering to renew repparttar 108317 domain.

The WHOIS database is a list of each domain name that exists on repparttar 108318 internet, along withrepparttar 108319 name and address (and some other information) of each owner. This information is public knowledge, freely available to anyone.

What would have happened if I had sent a check torepparttar 108320 domain registrar to pay for a renewal? It would have been transferred to repparttar 108321 new registrar. If I had not readrepparttar 108322 letter carefully, I probably would not have realized that I was not just renewing my domain, I was transferring my domain to a new registrar.

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use