so many companies offering to sell you domain names, it is difficult
to know who you should buy from.
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How to buy a domain name
With so many companies offering to sell you domain names, it is difficult to know who you should buy from. A domain name is a valuable investment, even though it is inexpensive. So it's important to buy wisely. Here's some guidance..
Just how you buy, and who you buy from depends very much on how you are going to use your domain name. Here's the alternatives..
it with existing web space and / or email facilities
They are likely to be more expensive than a specialist domain name registration company, but the process will be simple if you buy from your ISP.
If you do buy from a registration company, you will then have the hassle of getting the technical control of your domain name transferred from the registration company to your ISP. Your ISP might charge you for this, the registration company might charge you, and there will certainly be a delay (a week or more is not unusual) with the transfer process.
additional domain names for your company
But make sure that the registration company provides you with facilities (usually free) for you to have control over your domain name so that you can:
Reliable registration companies will let you do this via a password-protected online control panel, so that you can use your browser to change the routing of web and email addresses whenever you like.
Some of the apparently very cheap offerings have hidden costs - such as charging you a large amount if you want to move the domain name away from them.
And then there's the small print:
- i.e. another £2.50 per year!
Then there's the risk of the company going bust. There was a big shake-out in the industry in 2001, and a lot of people had many problems getting control of their domain names after their registration company went belly-up.
Now, there's many good registration companies out there, but we can only speak from our personal experience. Here's the two that we recommend:
.com , .net , .org , .biz and .info:
all .uk domains ( .co.uk , .org.uk , .net.uk)
If you have had good experience with another company, then stay with them. But if you are uncertain as to who to go with, then follow our recommendations!
OK, we're nearly at the end of this workshop. On the final page, you'll find a number of useful tips that will make your domain name buying and using experience all the more fruitful and hassle-free. Read on...