New Domain Registration
If you do not have a domain name for your website, I can develop your website on my test server until it is time to make it a live site.
I am happy to consult with you on name choices, to start a free registry account for you, and to secure and work with any number of domain names you want. I will turn it over to you after your SEO website has been developed and launched.
A few things to keep in mind when registering your new domain names:
- Register with a reasonably priced service. Many very good registries cost between $9 and $15 a year.
- Purchasing “Who-is” privacy will keep your contact info away from nefarious folks (spammers)
- Registering for 10 years is a good idea to send a signal to the search engines you are a serious business
- We use Name.com to both search for, and register, names
- Be sure to get a name with as few letters as it takes to get the job done
- The best names for business are still .com ones. But if you can’t get one, contact us for some marketing angles
- Always own your domain name, rather than letting a developer or host own it
- You can own multiple domain names, and it is usually a good idea to get your business name domain, even if you don’t intend to use it, to protect it from others
- Put your user/password info in a place you can find it now and in 10 years!
Domain registration affects your website and your email. If you are not sure what you are doing, by all means enlist the help of a professional for this critical first step in your online marketing. If you have any questions, please contact Colorado SEO web site developer Jon Camrud.
Transferring a Domain Name
If transferring a domain name, we will need the current registrar to send us an “EPP/transfer authorization key” code that they generate. With the EPP key, you can proceed with the transfer without needing their involvement. Typically, you will need to request this as the owner of the domain. For security reasons, the registrars tend to not give us web designers the time of day.
We will enter that key code into our preferred registrar, under an account that you control. You typically have about 30 days to use the code before it expires.
1. an invoice for the transfer (a nominal fee, about the amount of a year of registration, that includes a year of registration fees as well), and
2. an email, that is sent to you to accept/authorize the transfer, and is sent to the old registrar. (if this sounds odd, yes, it is!)
You will see a screen that says “The transfer for the following domain names has been authorized”.
It then takes a few days for the transfer to complete.