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Managing your domain name is a very simple task, but one mistake could mean the difference between your site being on-line or off-line. When managing your domain name there are a number of items you need to pay close attention to. Attention to detail and patients is all you need to successfully manage your domain name. Your WHOIS Record.
Your WHOIS record is a record of essential ownership information about who owns and controls the domain name. It also states what Name servers the domain name is pointing to. When registering your domain name or viewing your WHOIS record there are a number of terms that it is helpful to know.
WHOIS Record Terms: Registrant: The name of the person/organization that registered the domain name. The Registrant information also includes the contact information for the domain name owner.
Administrative contact: The name person/organization that will be responsible for all administrative issues pertaining to the domain name, including registrant information.
Billing contact: This is the name of the person/organization responsible for billing issues related to the domain name. Technical Contact: The Technical contact is the name of the person/organization that is responsible for technical issues for the domain name. This information is very important! It is not unusual for the Technical Contact to be the registry that registered the address.
Make sure you keep your Technical Contact information up to date. Registrar of record: The domain name registry that registered domain name. This name may be different from the name of the company you used to register the domain name.
Record last updated: The last time any alteration or update was made to the domain name’s WHOIS record.
Record expires on: The date the domain name expires. Keep a careful eye on this date. If you let the domain name expire you risk loosing control of the domain name.
Record created on: The date the domain was initially registered. Domain servers (Name servers): This contains the DNS (Domain Name System) information for a domain. The Name servers represent the names of the IP address where your domain name is pointed. If you enter this information incorrectly, your domain name will not be pointed at the servers where your site is hosted.
There are usually two lines of Name server information. The first is the site’s primary DNS information, while the second contains secondary or back-up information.
Your domain name is one of the most important parts of your web site. Unless you’re hosting your site on an Intranet or in a sub domain of another site, surfers will not be able to reach your web site if you do not have a domain name.
Make sure you keep your domain name contact information up to date. An out of date email address or incorrect contact information may keep you from receiving important information regarding your domain name and could cause you to lose control of your domain name.
If your domain name register does not offer a web-based interface for you to change your domain name information, transfer your domain name to a register that does! You need to be able to change domain name information at anytime.
Managing your domain name is a very simple and important task. Your domain name is the name that the world uses to find you on the Internet. Guard it carefully and it could be the name for your success on the web.