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Why is it important to renew your domain before it expires?

Choosing a domain name is probably one of the first steps in your online experience, and it’s an important step because it’s part of how people find you online.

As you know, a domain name is a web address URL that you enter into an address bar in your browser to access a website. Each website is hosted somewhere on a server or computer that is assigned an IP, a series of numbers. No one wants to remember those random numbers just to access a website, which is why each IP address is assigned a domain name, some easy-to-remember words that will lead you to the website you want.

The domain name comes with a lot of different extensions to choose from, but choosing the name is not as simple as it sounds, as it represents your online presence. It is recommended that your domain name is intuitive and memorable. A domain is completely unique to each site just like an IP address.

You bought the domain name and it is yours (for a certain period of time). You should know that domain names are contractual and you purchase them for a fixed period. Thus, once that period runs its course, the domain expires and goes back on sale.

How can you avoid such situations?

– Reminder emails

– Automatic renewal

– If the renewal is linked to the credit card, it will only happen at the time of payment

Of course a domain from a trusted source does not expire immediately, a number of steps will be taken so that you do not accidentally lose your domain name. The last thing you want is to lose it, after all the effort you have put in.

Why do you think it is important to keep your domains active before they expire?

You can keep your existing domain

– Once the domain expires it is available to anyone. After expiry you have 30 days to redeem your domain name, during which time you have a grace period to regain your domain name. Most registrars will of course charge a fee for this service. Your domain is a key element of your branding, as such losing it will impact your social media accounts, google accounts, etc.

Search engine rankings will not be affected

– Losing your ranking is a big step backwards and it can take an extremely long time to undo the damage. Google bots check and determine whether a website is functional or simply experiencing a period of downtime. While this is happening your rankings will most likely drop, this does not mean that your website is removed from Google’s index just that your ranking in search results will drop by 30% after 6 hours of downtime.

The website will always be active

– Even the slightest downtime will hurt your business, if you consider the user experience on the site. If a potential customer wants to access your site and is greeted by a parked page, they will lose trust and leave, bringing with them lost opportunities.

Renewing your domain before it expires is an easy task, but often neglected. By renewing it on time you can avoid complications and negative impact on your website and business. An active domain tells your customers that you are stable and legitimate and therefore you can more easily convey credibility, authority and professionalism. The importance of an active domain is undeniable.

BMFHost sends reminder emails before the domain expires, to make sure you don’t end up in a situation where you lose your domain rights due to non-payment. Absolutely all owners of domains registered through BMFHost receive renewal notices before the expiration date.

 

DNS Explained. Top 3.

You know that feeling after you buy a domain name, you’re feeling great about the name you picked, you register that your favorite domain registrar, and now it’s time to connect it to something: a website, an email, a redirect; This is where the fun begins. For me, DNS management is a chore. It’s never something I enjoy doing, but it’s part of managing your website and domain names. For others, DNS sounds like a foreign term, and when it’s time to take on DNS management, you’re left wondering if you made a mistake even trying to build a website, “Maybe you should have hired it out.” How do I do this? Am I going to screw up?

It’s okay. So what is DNS? And what are some different ways you can tackle it with your website? DNS stands for Domain Name System. This is the entire back-end map of your domain name. You may never really think about it, but what actually happens when you type google.com in your browser? “It loads google.com… pff! Duh!” Okay, okay! But what actually happens in a technical sense, when you type google.com into your browser. Your web browser makes a call to a DNS server.

Think of a DNS server sort of like a phone book to find other servers. There are millions of servers on the internet. So how do we know which one has the website files to load google.com; it’s a needle in a haystack. We go to the first DNS server, and it will look up the name servers for your domain. In other words, it says, “The instructions that show you where to load google.com are located at this other server,” The browser goes to the second DNS server and says, “Hey, I need the directions to google.com, please.”

The DNS records on this server give instructions, such as an IP address on where to find google.com, and the browser goes to the exact server to grab the files. It’s like you’re narrowing down where the website lives. First, you got to find the city, and then you got to find the general building in the city that tells you the address, and then you have to go right to the address to grab the website files. So to recap, DNS consists of two basic parts; the first DNS server which does a lookup to find the authoritative name server. This is where the instructions for your website are actually held.

This is a super simplified explanation of DNS. So if you want to know more of the fine details, I highly recommend watching DNS Made Easy’s video on the topic. When it comes to DNS management with your domain name, there are three main routes you can take: internally managed, externally managed or manual. So first, we’ve got internal managed DNS, and if you’ve ever used a website builder, like Squarespace or Wix, you’ve experienced internal DNS management without even realizing it, and that’s because the point is, you’re not supposed to realize it, you probably don’t know what DNS is if you’ve used this solution before.

This is where you buy your domain name, web hosting or website builder, and email hosting if you have email hosting, all from the same place. Since everything is held at the same company, you don’t ever have to think about DNS. It just works. I get a lot of emails from viewers asking, “Hey, Christian, can’t I just buy everything at the same place like: domain, web hosting, email hosting, from Namecheap, or domain at Squarespace? Should I buy my domain at Squarespace, even though it costs a little more, because if I buy my domain at Squarespace, and I use Squarespace for my website builder, I don’t have to do anything to connect the two; they just work automatically. I just hand Squarespace the money.

This is what I want. And it works.” You can typically achieve this setup with most any big Website Builder. You can also achieve it with WordPress, if you buy your domain and hosting from the same place. Namecheap is really great about this. If you buy a domain and web hosting from Namecheap, it’s automatically linked together and you don’t have to do anything else. So if DNS management scares you, this is obviously a very appealing route. It’s basically saying, “I pay for my products and services, you take care of the rest.” So what’s the downside?

Well, if you’re just starting out and you have a small or medium traffic website, there’s not much of a downside. If you find a domain and host provider that fits your needs, and you’re okay with keeping everything in one place, that takes away an extra step that’s sometimes a stumbling block for new web designers. But what if you want to mix and match services? What if you want to buy your domain name at Porkbun, and web hosting at Dreamhost. This is where external managed DNS comes in. You start by connecting your domain name to your primary web host using name servers. And don’t worry, this is very easy to do.

Your domain name then points traffic to Dreamhost, and they already have the instruction set for your website created for you. So in other words, you don’t have to do anything else. You just do a very easy process to connect Porkbun to Dreamhost, they send the traffic over to Dreamhost. So that’s that first step. When it goes to the first DNS server to Porkbun, they say, “Go to Dreamhost. They know what to do.” It goes to Dreamhost and Dreamhost handles it from there. Both the first and second solution are easy to set up, and if you have everything in one place, or you have your domain in one place and your website builder in another place, or your web posting in another place, the setup process is easy.

However, what happens if you have a more complex setup? Picture this, your domain name is held at Porkbun, you have web hosting at Namecheap, and you’ve decided that G Suite is the best fit for your email hosting. Wait a second! Now what? If we point the domain from Porkbun to Namecheap, that’s great for the website; your website is going to work fine, when someone types yourdomain.com, it’s going to come up. But if someone sent an email to hello@yourdomain.com, it points from Porkbun to Namecheap. Namecheap is gonna go, “There’s no email hosting here for this person, I don’t know what to do with this email.” And it’s going to bounce. This is because, remember, you bought your email hosting from G-Suite, which is Google not Namecheap.

So now you have this really complex issue that may seem impossible to solve, and that’s where solution three comes in: manual DNS management. This is where we use the DNS configuration tools at the domain registrar, or an external DNS management solution like CloudFlare, and create the DNS records by hand. If this sounds really scary, it’s actually not too hard to do: you just have to pay attention, read some articles, digest some stuff. But if you can copy and paste some things, I think you can set it up pretty easily. This gives you the power to say, “Alright, abc.com points to this server, help.abc.com points to my support system, an email sent to abc.com points to this other email host.” You have complete control over every aspect of your domain. If you want to try this for yourself, and you want added speed and security as well, I highly recommend CloudFlare for manual DNS management. CloudFlare is 100% free.

But I don’t want to focus too much on CloudFlare itself. You can do a manual DNS configuration at just about any domain registrar, and you don’t have to point your domain to any external name server to use it. So you can go to Namecheap or Porkbun and just input the DNS records right there, and not have to point it to CloudFlare to then create the DNS records at CloudFlare.

If you’re going to be picky about where you get your hosting, and services for each product: domain here, web hosting there, email hosting somewhere else, I think manual DNS management is the way to go. Really, it’s kind of the way you have to go, if you’re going to do that. If this all sounds confusing, you might want to stick with the first solution. Just buy all your website products at the same place where they can handle it for you. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with any DNS management solution. If you’ve got your domain configured, and it’s working; that’s what counts.

Whether you stick to one place and forget about it, or you get your hands dirty and do manual DNS configuration with CloudFlare, for the ultimate custom solution… there’s an option for every skill level. So I hope this gives you a better option, of understanding how to proceed with setting up DNS after buying your domain name. What DNS method do you use for your website? I’d love to know in the comments.

Where should you buy a domain name? 2021

If you’re new to buying domains, there’s going to be a term I use throughout this video. And that is, Whois protection. Now if you don’t know what Whois Protection is, this is basically a service that protects your personal information from being public to everybody out there.

So their is something called a Whois database. When you purchase a domain name, your name, address, and phone number, and email all go in this database. So anyone can go online to a Whois database lookup, type in your domain name, and get your personal information. That’s not good. Nobody wants that. So Whois Protection is a service either free or provided at a cost by the domain company, that protects your information.

So instead of seeing your address and your name, they see Whoisguard protected and some address of the Whois guard agency in place of your address. So just wanted to get that out there, cause you are going to hear me talk about this a lot. So I want to start with GoDaddy. Because GoDaddy is the Walmart for domain names. Everyone knows about it. And chances are if you don’t know where to start, you’re probably looking at GoDaddy.

Now GoDaddy, really gets on my nerves for a number of reasons. All right so let’s start off with pricing. GoDaddy is expensive. They charge $17.99 per year, for a .com domain. Which if you’re new and you’ve never bought a domain before, or you don’t have much experience, you may think that’s not a bad price. And I guess it isn’t for what you’re getting. 18 dollars per year for a .com domain is not horrible. But in relation to the competitors, that is double the price of other options on this list.

So GoDaddy is expensive. But okay price doesn’t matter so much, if they offer good quality service. And they, do I guess. The panel is pretty easy to use. And the customer service is good. I’ve called them a couple times, and ask some questions, and worked through some issues. And the customer support people are friendly. GoDaddy I’ll give you that. However that is basically where the positives to GoDaddy end. They push, so hard, to up-sell you. And sell you crap you don’t need.

When you add a domain to your cart, they put Whois Protection on for 10 dollars a year. That’s very expensive and pretty much every other company on this list gives you that for free. So now you’re up to 28 dollars a year for a domain name that doesn’t spew your personal information out to the public. Oh and don’t forget to uncheck that box for starting a free trial for their website builder. Cause unless you want that, if you forget to uncheck it, you’re likely going to be charged for that.

When their website builder trial expires. So they’re already trying to sell you things you don’t need and trick you into purchasing things that you don’t even know you’re purchasing. And I have a really hard time respecting the business who does this. Now GoDaddy does have an app. I think is cool when domain companies offer an app. However I was not able to log in (laugh) and try it. Because I did the create account using Facebook option, when I purchased my domain name. And when I downloaded the app, there’s no option to sign in with Facebook.

Now I’m sure if contacted their support, they would probably help me out, and get some way for me to log in. But I just did not want to waste anymore time with GoDaddy. (groaning) It’s frustrating. Please save yourself from going with them. Their prices are expensive. They are deceptive with their up-sell tactics. And there are just so many better options on this list to pick from. Let’s talk about a great company, and that is Dynadot.

Now I’m a huge fan of Dynadot. I’ve seen them improve quite a bit over the past few years. And they’re finally at a point, where they are seriously competitive and tempting in the domain industry. Now Dynadot charges $8.99 per year for a .com domain, with free Whois Protection. Yes that’s right, not 28 dollars a year. Nine dollars a year for everything. All of it. Done. That’s all you have to pay. Dynadot has a nice clean website and a really attractive app where you can purchase domains, and even manage your domain names. Auto-renew is off by default.

Thank the lord. That is awesome. So you don’t have to worry about getting charged or forgetting to turn it off. You can turn it on if you want, but by default you get to decide when the domain name is renewed. There is no pushy up-selling either. Now of course they have other items to offer, like Email Hosting, and Web Hosting. And they’re going to let you know they offer that, but there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s no up-sell screen you have to get through with a bunch of deception, just to purchase a domain name. And I really love that. Now they do not offer 24/7 support; however, their support team is pretty good.

I’ve had nothing but great experiences with their live chat. So they’re going to get you taken care of, if you need help with anything. So overall if you are looking for a great company, with low prices, and a clean panel and app to buy a domain name at, I would definitely consider Dynadot. So now let’s talk about the cheapest option on this list. And that is, Porkbun. So Porkbun is an up and coming domain registrar that really intrigues me. Their prices are wicked low. They charge $8.56 a year for a .com domain.

With free Whois Protection. The best way to describe Porkbun is, their focus is all on price. And there’s nothing wrong with that. They look like a solid registrar. But it’s relatively a no frills experience. There’s no app. The panel is a little bit cluttered and kind of confusing. And they don’t have 24/7 customer service. And their hours are kind of annoying. They close at 5:00 pm pacific, which is a little bit of an annoyance. Especially if you do a lot of your work at night. However I am sure that they would take care of you, when they are open. And help you out if you need something. If you’re looking for the cheapest place to buy a domain name. This is the site for you. I’m sure you’re going to have a decent experience. Now let’s talk about Hover. I have heard a lot about Hover recently.

And they are really making some noise in the domain industry. But, I wasn’t really able to figure out why. Their prices are kind of expensive. Not terrible. They charge I think 13 dollars a year for a domain name. They do have free Whois Protection. And there’s no pushy up-selling. It’s a relatively smooth experience to purchase a domain name from Hover. There’s no app and auto-renew is forced and on by default, Which you guys know how I feel about that. I am not a fan of that. And overall, I don’t think you’re going to have a terrible experience with Hover. It’s not like GoDaddy, where I would tell you stay away from it all costs. But there’s nothing really great about Hover. They don’t really have an advantage if you know what I mean. Porkbun has the advantage of price. And Dynadot has the advantage, of an overall very smooth experience with very low prices.

Hover is just kind of expensive, with no reason to really go with them. All right, now let’s talk about Namecheap. Now Namecheap is where I personally buy all of my domain names. And I’ve been with them for several years. I love Namecheap because they have 24/7 customer service, via the live chat. Which is good. They’ve always taken care of me. However sometimes they can be really really slow. I will put that out there. But to me Namecheap is kind of a one stop shop for all of my needs. I have Email Hosting with Namecheap. They have a great Email Hosting service for 10 dollars a year. Super reasonable. Really the lowest price I can find. And rock-solid reliable. It does everything I need it to do.

So I buy my domain names there because I’ve always had a great experience. The panel is pretty clean and simple. They have an amazing app that allows you to manage their domains, at a glance. And even use Apple Pay to purchase new domains, which I think is super cool. They don’t have pushy up-selling and they have free Whois Protection. Which is awesome. Now for full disclosure, Namecheap is not the cheapest option on this list. They are kind of expensive. A .com domain is around 13 dollars a year. And .co is about 26 dollars a year. So Dynadot, Porkbun these are all cheaper options for domain names.

And they’re all pretty good options too. I just stick with Namecheap because I love their Web Hosting, their Email Hosting. And I’ve never had a problem with their domains. And I just like the experience of the app and the panel. So to me it’s worth the extra couple of bucks per year, to get a very smooth experience. And get the cool app and everything that Namecheap offers. They also do this thing every year where they have a super cool Black Friday sale. You can get .com domains for 98 cents for the first year. So yeah. It’s pretty cool. But moving on. Let’s talk about Google Domains. I got so many requests to take a look at Google Domains, in my first domain registrar comparison video. So. Here you go.

Google Domains. Should you buy a domain name there. Well, if you want. See my analysis of Google Domains is kind of that, Google is just capitalizing on their name to sell domains. It’s not a bad experience. There’s basically zero up-selling whatsoever. But similar to Hover it’s kind of a bland experience. A .com domain is 12 dollars per year. Whois Protection is free. And the panel is okay. Its got Google’s graphic style, but I still feel like it could be a little bit simpler. It’s a little bit cluttered for my desire. And their is no app available. Google does have 24/7 support. And they give you the option of either phone or chat, which I really liked. A lot of these companies are phone only, or chat only.

And not everyone loves phone support. Not everyone loves chat support. So giving you the option, in addition to making it 24/7 it is pretty cool. So overall if you trust Google. And you’d like to have them hold your domain name for you, I think this is a solid option. However their was nothing that stood out to me that makes it extremely appealing. But it seems Google has a sound mind with their business practices. And, not trying to sell you stuff you don’t need. So I’ve got to say that, I had a pretty good experience with Google Domains. And lastly, let’s talk about Domain.com. This is another new one to this list, because it seems Domain.com is very popular.

They’re one of those companies that if you search where to buy a domain, or best place to buy a domain, they’re going to come up in Google and in most of the lists on where you should buy a domain name. So I figured I should give them a shot. And I have to say, this is another one on this list that I would say, stay away from at all cost. Their prices are okay. But they charge $8.99 per year for Whois Protection, which you know I hate. And their is major up-selling just like GoDaddy.

They’re very deceptive about things. When you try to decline the Whois Protection, which is on by default. They use something called a dark pattern. Which is a method in interfaces, where you try and trick the user into clicking a certain thing. As you can tell by this screenshot your instinct as a user, is to click the, oh no keep Whois Protection on thing. When you’re really trying to get rid of it. Sites that use dark patterns just really, really get on my nerves. And every site will do it to an extent. But these guys are clearly abusing the concept of a dark pattern in their favor. To try and push you, to spend more money when you don’t want to.

And that’s not cool. And that’s not something I can ever respect or get behind as a consumer. And I would recommend that you guys stay away from Domain.com, at all cost. So in conclusion, if you’re looking for my personal pick, on the best place to buy a domain name. I would definitely recommend that you try out Namecheap. Their balance of customer service, decent prices, and an overall smooth experience, make it my preferred place to buy a domain name. And I would definitely recommend checking it out. Now if you’re looking for the cheapest place to buy a domain name. I would definitely check out Porkbun.

It’s pretty no frills but it’s going to be cheap. And I think you’re going to gave a good experience. If you’re looking for the best up and coming registrar, and one that is making a lot of noise, and has even tempted me to switch to, if I’m honest, check out Dynadot. They really have a lot to offer, with their app, super low prices, and high quality customer service. But really all these companies will give you a pretty decent experience. As long as you stay away from GoDaddy and Domain.com So what do you guys think? Which domain registrar did you pick? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.