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Domain names are your URL, a.k.a. “what you type into the address bar of your web browser to view your site”. This is done through a “Registrar”. If you are looking to see if your domain name is available, follow the link and use their search box. If you find a domain name you like, don’t delay. With 5 or more purchased, the PRIVATE REGISTRATION IS FREE! NOTE: DO NOT ADD ON EMAIL, HOSTING, SSL CERTIFICATES, OR OTHER ADD-ONS, BUT DO GET PRIVACY!
Make sure to add PRIVACY to your domain registration so you do not expose your personal contact details to the public.
If you need multiple domain names (most businesses do, for your business names AND your name), then start by seeing if your desired names are available. Follow this linkand use their search box. If you find a domain name you like, don’t delay. With 5 or more purchased, the PRIVATE REGISTRATION IS FREE! Contact us to review suggestions for names.
Do not add on any additional services except for PRIVACY.
Watch this video for help. NOTE: I do NOT endorse the maker of this video.
If you only need 1 domain name AND you are paying for yearly hosting with Bluehost, then it includes 1 domain name registration. You may purchase it here (+ $10 for domain privacy). Please let us know your choice and we will assist you with setup.
Then follow the steps below.
[DDET If you currently have a domain name]
Get the username, password, and contact info for your registrar.
RECORD ALL INFORMATION RELATED TO YOUR DOMAIN NAME. Consider this “your keys to the kingdom” and follow all of these security measures:
Fill this out electronically and send us a copy so we can access your website.
ONLY GIVE THIS INFORMATION to people you totally trust, and change the password as soon as they are done accessing.
PRINT OUT a copy of all of this information in your secured business records.
[DDET Renewing & expired domain names]
Your domains will be up for renewal in 1 year or more (depending on the length of time you registered it for). MAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF THESE DATES. Keep your contact information up-to-date with GoDaddy and you will get reminders of renewals.
When it comes time to renew, I suggest CALLING GODADDY AT 480.505.8877. & asking for their lowest price. Often this will save you money.
You may wind up purchasing domain names that you no longer need. If you are SURE that it won’t be part of your brand ever again, you can let it expire.
If ANYONE out there thinks it is still part of your brand, I suggest keeping it. We recently had a client let their domain expire, and now a CASINO owns it. It was very recently associated with their brand and now could have a negative impact.
Switch to GoDaddy if you registered it with another company and it’s about 60-days from renewal.
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