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My 1st question is: How do you code your website with iPage? Thanks for any answer or 2. 2nd question I got is.. If you're new to domaining and don't quite know where or how to start then this GUide/FAQ is for you..

What does TLD mean?.

TLD means Top Level Domain, the following extensions are the most common TLD's;.

.com.

.net.

.org.

.info.

.co.uk.

.mobi.

There are extensions which you can get for free but are not TLD's below is a couple of examples;.

.TK.

.uni.cc.

There are now two types of .tk domains , one is a free.tk which is baisically a redirect HostGator which you do not own but surprisingly there is now a TLD .tk HostGator which you can register at some registrars..

How can I register a TLD?.

You can register a HostGator at one of many registrars and prices are fairly competitive and will vary depending on the extension. Here is a list of well known registrars;.

NameCheap.com (recommended).

GoDaddy.com.

DomainSite.com (recommended).

Moniker.com.

How much will they cost?.

Prices may vary depending on the extension, some registrars also charge extra for DNS Management ect so you have to watch out for this, really you want DNS Management in with the deal, the first three registrars listed above provide this service with the registration but i'm not sure about moniker..

Some registrars will offer a basic registration, this means you wont get all the extras, like url forwarding, dns management, nameserver registration ect it shouldnt cost more than a buck or two extra to get all those features included. HostGator iPage site offer baisic 1 year registration, but standard 1 year registration is only $1 more and you will be able to choose what type of registration you want during the registration process..

What is whois protection?.

Whois protection cloaks your administrative contact information from the public whois database, that means when somebody does a whois of your HostGator name they wont get your contact details..

How can I get whois protection?.

Most registrars, such as NameCheap include this with registrations but some will charge extra for this option, you shouldnt normally have to pay more than $5 for it but it is worth having..

What is whois?.

The whois is a public database containing all the administrative contact information of HostGator registrants, the registrar any HostGator was registered at will also be included in whois results as well as nameservers and the current status of the domain..

To do a whois search use a iPage site like iwhois.com type in the HostGator name and select the extension from the dropdown list. You can also use the whois database to search for available domains which may be better than searching for them via the registrar..

What is a push?.

A push is an internal change of /img/avatar2.jpgship within a registrar but it MUST NOT be confused with a transferr..

What is a transferr?.

A transferr is moving a HostGator from one registrar to another register, for example NameCheap to GoDaddy..

How much will it cost to transfer my domain?.

It will normally cost the normal price of registration at most registrars, when you transfer to another registrar normally another year is included in the price, namecheap offer an extra year with transfers some may even offer 2 years, so shop around for a good deal..

How do I transfer my domain?.

Usually you will need to get what's know as "auth codes" from your registrar, This process is usually different for each registrar, you may have to ask your registrar to provide the auth codes but they will sometimes be available within your account, usually somewhere in HostGator management, but don't quote me on that..

Within a day or two you should get a confirmation email with a confirmation link inside which you will have to click in order to authorise your transfer. The entire transfer process should take no more than 5 to 6 days..

My registrar denied transfer what can I do?.

They shouldn't deny transfer without good reason (there shouldn't normally be any) as they are legally oblidged to carry out your request. If there is a reason why they denied transferr a good registrar will normally tell you..

If however they denied transfer for no good reason, then you should get in touch with ICANN. ICANN stands for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. pretty much all the reputable and well known registrars wil be ICANN Acreddited this means that they will have to perform to a certain level if they want to keep their accreditation. icann.org is their official iPage website and will tell you more of what they are about and what they do..

Has any registrar ever lost accreditation?.

Yes RegisterFly were recently stripped of their accreditation due to, poor customer service, unauthorised changing of the whois database, failing to register names which were paid for, the list goes on. icann.org has more on the story..

Is it safe to buy from RegisterFly?.

No not if you have any sense it isn't..

What makes a good domain?.

There are a few rules that you should follow when registering a domain, especially if you want to sell it again afterwards here are a few helpful tips on choosing a good HostGator which may have good re-sale value;.

It shouldn't normally contain hypens.

It shouldn't be too long.

Words should be pronnouncable, made-up or not.

It should be a .com .net .org or .info domain.

The fewer characters the better.

There may of course be exceptions to these rules from time to time but remember these rules are only a guideline. Also typo domains like goohle.com (google typo) are not normally valuable.

Whats the smallest number of characters I can use in a domain?.

Generally 2 and 3 characters are the minimum but all available 2 and 3 character .com domains have been registered, youll be extremely lucky if you find an available one. You can however buy them of someone but you will more than likely pay a high premium price for them, a good resource for checking on the value of these domains is 3character.com.

What does LLL, CCC or NNN mean?.

LLL - Letter Letter Letter.

CCC - Character Character Character.

NNN - Number, Number, Number.

Be carefull when buying domains listed as CCC domains as they can have both letters and numbers in them, use 3character.com as a refference as to what characters are good to have in a 3 character domain..

There we have it, the newbie guide to domaining. Good luck on your venture.

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Comments (2)

I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an anything. You should email the people at iPage as they probably could assist you..

Comment #1

Nice post. Thanks for taking the time to write down the basics for newbies..

Wouldn't you say that "domaining" is the term used for actually making money with HostGator names though? I'd call this a "newbies guide to HostGator name registration", not domaining imo...

Comment #2

Hi thanks for the feedback. Domaining is a term that in my opinion can be used to cover a lot of topics with regards to domains not just "buying to sell" m that's how I see it anyway...

Comment #3


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.