Your website begins with your domain name

Domain Registration Questions Answered!

What’s a domain name and why do I need one?

Your domain name is central to your company’s identity and online presence.  It is your website’s address on the Internet – our domain name is eWebsiteSolutions.com.  If available, you can register your company name, or any number of descriptors that make your business identifiable.  When your potential site visitors type your domain name into a web browser, the domain name works behind the scenes to access where your website resides and then shows your site to the viewer.

Can I purchase any domain extension?

Most extensions are available to anyone – in fact, even most country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) are available for anyone to purchase, even if they don’t reside in the country in question.  However, there are some domain extensions that have restrictions.  For example, .gov, .edu, and .mil can only be registered if you meet certain criteria or have authorization.

Can I forward a domain name if registered here?

Yes!  We offer free domain forwarding and free domain masking with registration!  Anyone who types the forwarded domain name into their browser is taken directly to the website you choose.

Is there a limit on how long or short my domain can be?

Yes, there is a limit to domain length.  The minimum length of a domain name is 1 character, while the maximum length is 63 characters.

Is DNS provided with domain registration?

Yes! You can manage your domain nameserver (DNS) records and set your email, FTP, sub-domains and website location from your own control panel.

Does my personal registration information have to be kept public?

Per our registrar agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact and registrant information listed for your domain name must be made public. Using false information is a violation and can lead to the termination of your domain name registration.

However, we understand most people do not want their personal contact information (name, address, email address, and phone number) made public in the Whois database, which is why we also offer Private Registration services.  Private Registration services lists a generic name, mailing address, and phone number instead of your personal contact information the Whois database.  This also provides a private unique email address for your domain name – you decide if you want that email forwarded to you, filtered for spam, or not forwarded at all.

Are there any protections in place to help secure domain ownership?

We have several mechanisms in place to protect your domain ownership.  We offer free domain locking to prevent accidental or intentional transfers of domain ownership and stops anyone from redirecting your nameservers.  We also send out status alerts if there’s been a change to your domain records.

Additionally, you can setup auto-renew to keep your domain names registered – be sure to keep your billing information updated!

What are some considerations or recommendations when registering a domain name?

In it very important to be mindful of how accurately your domain name will reflect your brand and business, and how memorable it is to your target audience. Here are some general recommendations:

Keep the spelling of your domain straightforward and easy to remember.  Ideally it is easy to type correctly, for example if you opt to use slang (ur instead of your) or modify the spelling of something (kars instead of cars), it could be more difficult for your site to be found.  Similarly, though you could have a domain name that is 63 characters long, the general consensus is the shorter the better.

Consider too how important key words are in search engine placement.  Including keywords in your domain name that describe your business/services can help you place higher in the search engines, or at least be more marketable in the sense that the domain itself gives an idea of what you offer. Keywords could also be location-specific, like including “Dallas” in your domain – but be careful of limiting your perceived market if you actually provide services to a larger geographical location.

Get creative!  The need for catchy domain names is even more important today, when there are millions of registered domains.  Run it by a friend or family member to make sure it makes sense and sounds appealing.

Choose which extension works best for your type of business or specific purpose – the .com domain is certainly the most popular, but it also has the least amount of availability.  Over time many new top-level extensions have become available, like .info, .me, .photography, etc., and helps you get the best possible domain for your situation.

Consider NOT using numbers or hyphens (dash).  Numbers can be confused with letters, like ‘0’ for ‘o’, or even whether or not it is spelled out, 7 versus seven.  Hyphens can be misplaced or forgotten.  If there is a pressing need for using numbers or hyphens, consider registering multiple variations and have them all forward to your website. In fact, it is also generally suggested that to protect your brand, you should purchase various domain extensions, as well as misspelled versions of your domain name to help prevent competitors from registering other versions and ensures your customers are directed to your website, even if they mistype it.

Finally, though it is important to register your domain name ASAP to prevent someone from getting it before you (it happens!), it’s a good idea to research the name you are considering to make sure it isn’t trademarked or copyrighted.  This will help avoid costly legal trouble in the future.