Saturday, May 30, 2015

Types Of Web Hosting For Your Domain Name

Your domain name requires web hosting in order to be fully functional on the World Wide Web. There are many advantages of hosting your domain - host your files, create multiple customized emails, create databases, get unlimited bandwidth, etc. However, you need to know the different types of hosting available so that you will be able to choose the right one for your website.

Shared Hosting: This is the cheapest form of hosting because the hosting company places many people on a server. It is good for small business owners and websites that do not require greater control over the configuration of a server. Some features of shared hosting include DNS management, multiple sub-domains, MySQL, multiple email accounts, email forwarding, autoresponder, free domain with annual hosting plan, unlimited bandwidth and so on.

Virtual Private Server (VPS): VPS is another form of shared hosting but the number here is incomparable to shared hosting. While about a hundred customers may be using a server under shared hosting, VPS may accommodate only 10. This will give customers more access to the resources of the server and control over its configuration. If you want to have a higher level of access to the server in order to be able to install a special application, you should go for a VPS.

Dedicated Hosting: Under this type of hosting, you will be given a server to yourself. You can host as many websites as possible on the server and you can install anything you want on it so that you will be able to have access to the best performance available as well as most control. If you are going to intensely use the resources of the server like hosting large numbers of audio or video files, game server or streaming videos, dedicated hosting is the best bet for your domain.


Friday, May 29, 2015

How To Avoid Trademark Infringement During Domain Name Registration

If you want to stay out of trouble because of the domain name you have chosen, you must be very careful to avoid trademark infringements. Trademarks are names that identify the source of products or services and are protected under federal and state laws. According to the trademark law, one trademark legally conflicts with another when the use of both of them is likely to confuse customers about the products or services, or their sources.

You can lose a registered domain name if the owner of an existing trademark is able to convince a judge or arbitrator that your use of the name is likely to confuse customers as to the source or quality of the product or service. However, customer confusion can arise only if a domain name similar to the one you want to register is a protected trademark and it must be distinctive in order to be protected. Distinctiveness arises if a name is made up (e.g. kambo.com for an online software store), fanciful (e.g. ragingbear.com for investment advice), arbitrary in the context of its use (e.g. apple.com for computer products), or suggestive of the underlying product or service (e.g salon.com for an online magazine).

A domain name is not eligible for trademark protection if it uses surnames, geographical names or common words that describe some aspects of the goods or services sold on the site (e.g. healthinfo.com for online health information), unless the owner can demonstrate distinction through considerable amount of sales and advertising. It can also be said to be distinctive if the owner has been able to register a name with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. Generic domain names - that describe whole categories of products and services - can never be trademarks, e.g. drugs.com, tea.com and business.com.

Consequently, it is very essential for you to search as many trademarks as possible before registering your domain name. You can visit the database of the U.S Patent and Trademark Office at www.uspto.gov to get access to registered trademarks and those that are pending registration. You can also search the internet at large and any business name register, e.g Thomas Register Online at www.thomasregister.com, for any conflicting name with the one you want to register.



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Thursday, May 28, 2015

How To Get A Free .Com Domain Name

There are different ways of getting a free domains name - you can get a sub-domain or unpopular extensions like .tk, .ml, .ga, .cf, .gq, etc. However, if your desire is to get a .com domain, you must play the game according to the rules.

The .com extension is the most sought-after domain in the world with more than 115 million registrations worldwide after 30 years of its launch, which clocks this year. In fact, the .com is more associated with the internet than other extensions. By merely mentioning a website without an extension suggests that the .com extension is being referred to. For example, if I refer to a website as 'click', it means that its address is 'www.click.com' and it doesn't work like that for other extensions. The dominance of the .com is responsible for its high cost at the secondary domain market.

Despite all these, you can get a free .com domain with ease. What you need to do is to purchase a minimum of 12-month web hosting plan from a reputable domain registrar/web hosting service provider. It is important to deal with a company that handles both domain registration and web hosting so that you will be able to get the services at cheaper rates. In addition to free .com domain, you will be given a certain number of sub-domains (depending on the hosting company), about 100 email addresses, unlimited bandwidth, DNS management and so on. Also, if you purchase a hosting plan that is more than one year, you will get a discount and more incentives to boost your business.

However, it is important to investigate properly before choosing a registrar/hosting provider. This is because there are many operators who have deviated from the ethics of the business and this may adversely affect the growth of your business online. You should check with appropriate regulatory agencies so that you will be rest assured that you are dealing with the right company.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How You Can Set Up A Custom Domain In Blogger

It is cool to start off your blog on a free blogger platform but as time goes on, it is ideal to get your own domain name and use it for your blog. Hence, instead of 'yourblog.blogspot.com', it will now be 'yourblog.com'. Setting up a custom domain in your blogger account is not rocket science; you only need to follow the instructions below.

After purchasing your domain name, log in to your blogger account, click on your blog , go to 'settings' and select 'Basic'. You will see the publishing section and under it you should click '+ set up a 3rd party for your blog'. A third-party domain settings will appear and you should type your domain (with www) next to 'http://'.

You should then click on save and subsequently, an error message will appear reading, 'we have not been able to verify your authority of this domain. Error 32'. Under the error, you will see two fields, - Name/Label/Host and Destination/Target/Point to - copy data from both rows of these fields and save them.

Thereafter, click 'view settings' and you will be taken to another window where you will see the official instructions of blogger. On this window, choose the option that reads 'on a top-level domain'. Read the instructions properly and digest them in order to have a smooth set-up. Four IP addresses will be given to you under section 9 of the Blogger's instructions, you should copy and save all the 4 IP addresses.

Then, log in to your domain name account and choose 'Manage My Domains'. Click your domain  and then the 'DNS Zone File' tab next to settings. You should then choose 'Use Classic DNS Manager' and click on the 'edit' button to make some changes to your DNS zone file. Under the 'Name (Alias)' menu, click the 'Quick Add' button and enter the first data field saved above, that is, 'www' in the first box and 'ghs.google.com' in the second. Click 'quick add' again and enter the second data field saved above.

Subsequently, go to 'A (Host)' menu and click quick add. Enter your domain name at the left side and the 4 IP addresses you saved above at the right side. This should be done one after the other but the 4 IPs should go with your domain name. Save all your settings and you are through half way.

Then, go back to your blogger and try to save again, the error message should disappear and within some few hours, your blog's URL will change to your new domain. However, you should take note that it may be instant or take up to 48 hours in some cases before your new settings start working, don't panic. Once it starts working, click on the 'edit' link next to your domain on the settings page and check the 'Redirect to ...' check-box below. Then, type your URL without 'www' and redirect it to your domain with 'www' so that anyone that fails to put the 'www' when typing your domain will still be taken to your site.



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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How To Know If You Need A VPS or Dedicated Server For Your Domain

If you don't know much or anything about VPS (virtual private servers) or dedicated servers, this piece is what you need. Your domain name needs to be hosted in order to be functional and there are options for you in relation to web hosting. The available options are shared server, VPS and dedicated server, but this piece will treat VPS and dedicated server.

VPS accommodates multiple customers on the same server but the number is substantially fewer compared to shared hosting. While about a hundred customers may be using a server under shared hosting, a VPS may only give room for 10 customers. This will give account holders more access to the resources of the servers and control over the configuration of the servers.

On the other hand, dedicated server gives you access to a server all by yourself and the opportunity to install anything you want on it. This will give you the opportunity to have access to the best performance available and the most control, but you have to be able to pay the price.

However, determining the right server for your domain depends on many factors. If your shared hosting account is performing poorly because of the amount of traffic it was receiving, then you need to go for a dedicated server because your success has made you to outgrow the account. If you are also intensely using your server's resources - like hosting large numbers of audio or video files, hosting a game server or streaming videos - you should get a dedicated server.

Moreover, if you want to have a greater level of access to the server so as to be able to install a particular application, VPS is the best for you. If you don't plan to use intense level of resources like the ones mentioned above, you can make do with a VPS but if not, a dedicated server is the perfect choice for hosting your domain.



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Monday, May 25, 2015

How To Strike A Great Domain Deal


You need to register a domain name before your website can hit the ground running. The registration can be done in different ways depending on what you experience during the registration process.

Typically, domain name registration is carried out through ICANN accredited registrars. You will first have to check the availability of the name you want to register and if it is available, you will go ahead with the rest of the process. If it is not available, there still many options for you to take.

You can modify the name in such a way that it will scale the hurdles of availability. For example, you can add an ‘s’ to the name, if possible, or change it to another tense. Another way of scaling through the unavailability hurdle is to register another extension of the name. The .com extension is the most popular among registrants because it is well-known worldwide more than other extensions. However, registering your domain in other extensions like .net, .biz, .info, .org, etc, will not deter you from having visitors once you optimize your website for search engines.

Moreover, you can take advantage of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to beat unavailability hurdle. A lot of new gTLDs are released in relation to different professions, industries and interests. For example, there is the .design for those in that type of industry, .photography for those in that type of industry, .science, .plumbing, .guru, .boutique, .academy and so on. You should identify the extension that is related to your industry and go ahead with the registration.

You can also strike a free domain name registration deal if you know the tricks of the game. Some registrars will give you a free domain if you purchase, at least, an annual web hosting plan. The free domain that you will get is a top-level domain of your choice and not a sub-domain. You will get full access to DNS (domain name system) and be able to manage it appropriately, which is not possible if you get a free sub-domain for your website.



Saturday, May 23, 2015

How To Boost Your Domain Name Portfolio


If you are into domain selling or flipping, you are definitely going to need a robust portfolio in order to succeed. Even though it is not easy to register lucrative domain names in today’s world, if you are creative enough, you can get hot names registered to boost your portfolio.

It is an eternal truth that when you sell a domain in your portfolio, finding a similar replacement may be difficult or even impossible. If you want to act like experts, it is important for you to update your portfolio periodically. You should set out the number of names you want to manage and the period of replacement as they sell. You should also be in tune with the latest news in the industry so that you will be able to see opportunities and seize them appropriately.

The introduction of new gTLDs will also assist you in boosting your domain portfolio. There are now many more domain extensions than before and if you can take advantage of this development, your domaining business will receive a boost. Top new extensions introduced include .design, .club, .xyz, .photography, .band, .nyc, .berlin, .bank, etc.

However, you should not forget trademark issues when boosting your portfolio. It is important for you to avoid infringing on trademark rights. As a result of this, any name that you know is a trademark or similar to it should be seriously avoided in order not to create legal issues for yourself. There are some extensions among the new gTLDs that requires meeting certain requirements. It is your responsibility to go through the terms of registration properly so that you will not make any mistake during the registration process. You should also make use of sound and reputable registration platform so that your deals will be carried out in a safe atmosphere.



Friday, May 22, 2015

Why You Should Not Wait For Your Domain Name To Expire Before Renewal

I read the story of a religious group in North Carolina whose website was acquired by a gay fanatic upon expiration and used to promote homosexuality. If you allow your domain name to expire before renewal, someone else may get it and use it for what you may or may not like.

Domain names are generally registered for one year and subsequently will be due for renewal. However, you can register for more than one year - two years, five years, ten years, etc.- so that the domain is sealed for many years and its expiration will not occur unexpectedly. It is unimaginable to optimize a website and allow the domain to expire; it is better to sell than lose the domain through expiration.

Recently, cooleffect.com expired and was acquired by MostWantedDomains. If you observe this expired domain very well, you will discover that it is a two-lettered domain which is a hot cake in the market. I feel bad for the owner of cooleffect.com because he would have made at least a four figure from the selling instead of losing it.

As a result of this, you should plan ahead by registering for multiple number of years but if you cannot afford to do so, you should ensure that you set your account to automatic renewal through your registrar. Doing this is not difficult, you only need to log into your domain account and click on manage domains. Check your domain settings and it should automatically be set to auto-renewal but if not, set it yourself to auto-renewal. This way, you will not have to worry about renewal since it will be automatically renewed at expiration, if there is enough funds in your account.




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Thursday, May 21, 2015

How To Register A Domain Name Like A Pro



Domain name registration is a task that should be handled professionally in order to get the best result. Getting a perfect name for your website is not as easy as ABC because when you check the availability of your name, it may have been taken. How then can you register your choice domain name without spending a fortune?

Planning is very important when you are trying to register a domain. You should state the purpose of the domain whether you are buying for the purpose of selling later (speculative) or you want to launch a website with it. If you want to acquire for speculative purposes, you need to buy multiple domains in order to have a befitting portfolio. If your domain will be used to launch a website, you only need to register a name plus other name variations suggested to you at the point of registration so that you will be able to protect your domain.

In order not to have problems in registering your choice domains, you should prepare about six possible names for one domain. This is very essential because if one is taken, you will just switch to others. You need to be very creative in this regard and use the right strategy to come up with various possibilities that will scale through the registration process. For example, if your intention is to register ‘markphotography.com’, you should include into your list of possible names; ‘markphotography.net’, ‘markphotography.org’, ‘mark.photography’ (new gTLD) and so on. If one is taken, you can switch to another one. In fact, if all of them are available, you can register them so that no one else will be able to register them and compete with you online for that name. If you really need a taken .com domain, you can get a broker to get it for you.

Furthermore, you should use a good platform to register your domain name. It is your responsibility to ensure that the registrar you are dealing with is registered with ICANN. This is very important because if there is any problem regarding the registration in future, you will be able to approach the regulator for complaints. ICANN sets out guidelines for registrars to comply with and anyone found wanting will definitely face the music.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Why You Must Get .Design Domain Name Extension

If you are involved in the design industry - fashion, graphics, architecture, web, etc. - you need .design domain names. The .design domain extension is one of the new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) introduced by ICANN, the domain name system watch-dog. The idea behind the extension is to give those in the design industry the opportunity to register names associated with the industry.

For example, if you want to register 'stephenwebdesign.com' and the name is not available or expensive, you only need to register 'stephenweb.design' and you are online in no hour. This will make your site to be unique and your domain name will be kept short which will make it to be more easily pronounced by your customers and visitors.

Also, if you already have your .com design website, you can protect your brand by registering .design extensions. This will prevent other people from registering names that are similar to your site and profit from your popularity. Domain name protection is very vital if you want to positively manage your online image for higher productivity. There is little you can do to stop the use of names resembling yours - the best weapon is to get the names before others do and point them to your main site.

The .design extensions are available at reputable registrars across the world. However, I will recommend Godaddy due to its leading role in the domain name industry. It is important to register early before the juicy ones are taken. The domain name industry is highly competitive and that's why it is not a child's play to get an ideal name. As a result of this, you should take advantage of new gTLDs, like .design, to register juicy names before you discover that they are no longer available.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How To Properly Host Your Domain Name

Your domain name is your address on the World Wide Web and it is what people will use to find you. In order to start a functional website, you should host your domain with a competent web hosting service provider. Hosting your domain name will give you the opportunity to make your contents available to the whole world, among other benefits.

There are different types of web hosting and web hosting plans. These are shared hosting, VPS (virtual private server) and dedicated hosting - your short-term and long-term needs will determine the ideal one to go for. Web hosting service providers come up with different hosting plans which are distinguished by disk spaces, email accounts, bandwidths, database sizes and so on. Consequently, it is important for you to write out a web hosting plan for yourself so that you will be able to discover the right plan for you among the listed hosting packages.

If you cannot afford a kind of plan right now, you can make do with a cheaper version since there is room for an upgrade at a later date. However, it is important for you to note that the hosting plan you choose will determine the number of visitors that your website can entertain per month. This is because there is a bandwidth restriction on every web hosting plan. Bandwidth is the amount of data that your visitors can access from your website in a given period, usually monthly. As a result of this, the bandwidth allotted to you will determine your monthly visitors and page-views which will determine the level to which you can monetize your site.

Furthermore, it is important to carry out a proper investigation on web hosting providers so that you will be able to identify the right one for you. General qualities to look out for include diversity in packages, proper pricing, efficient customer support, secure transaction portal, just to mention a few. You should also check the reputation of your choice service provider on social media and review sites in order to sure that you are dealing with the right company.



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Why You Should Own Your Name’s Domain Before Someone Else Does


You probably heard that Rand Paul paid $100,980 for his name’s domain, RandPaul.com, on March 27th, 2015 in order to boost his campaign for United States’ Presidency which he declared interest in on April 7th, 2015 – if you don’t know, now you know. The domain was actually registered in April 2006 and records showed that it was registered to Fabulous.com, a domain name registration site, which can keep the actual owners of domains anonymous.

If you don’t want to find yourself in the same situation like Rand, you should register your name’s domain before someone else does – after all, it is not going to cost you more than $10. In addition, after the registration of .com extension of your name, you should not forget to register the .org, .net, .info and other possible extensions that may be suggested to you at the point of registration. You may think that you are not popular now but by the time you will, the name may have been taken and you may not get it back or pay heavily to get it.

Domain name registration is a piece of cake and if you don’t have any use for it at the moment, you can park it and earn little dough periodically. Domain parking is an avenue of monetizing an unused domain. When you park your domain with a service provider, the provider will place adverts on your site and you will be paid per click. It is better to preserve your domain this way than just leaving it blank and paying renewal fees every year for it.

Furthermore, you need to deal with a reliable registrar when registering your name. This is because there are lots of registrars that do not follow the ethics of the profession. You should choose a competent registrar with good pricing so that your expense will be reasonable. You don’t have to wait till you are popular before registering your name’s domain because if someone else does, you may have to cough out more than you think to get it – if you will ever get it.




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