How do I get my own Domain Name?
You must ensure that your domain name is unique. You may lease a domain name that only differs by the suffix, or common mistypes of the name. Normally one name may be assigned the main features of the website, whilst the others simply act as 'pointers', and point at the main domain name. Domain names are not purchased, but are leased for periods of usually two or more years. The lessee or 'owner' of the domain then has the right to renew and continue ownership of an acquired domain name for as long as they want, so long as the renewal fees are maintained.
How do I transfer my domain? How long does it take?
If you already have your domain registered with another company such as 123-Reg or GoDaddy, you can transfer them to Freetimers' control for a more complete package of management for your entire website. For top level domains (such as .com) an Authorisation code must be exchanged. This can take up to a week and depends on responses from authorisers. For Nominet domains (such as .co.uk) an IPS (Internet Provider Security) tag must be changed from the current one to our own tag, which is 'FREETIMERS' (all capitals). This happens as soon as the tag is released to Freetimers, which should not take more than 24 hours.
What are the various domain name suffixes?
A domain name can have many different suffixes such as .com, .net or .co.uk, each having different costs and market targets. Top level domains cost more and are not country-specific. Nominet domains are specific to the UK and contain .uk in the name. More and more suffixes are being approved each year such as .pro, .name and .travel, but these will cost a little more.
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is basically a unique address on the Internet. Domain names are issued by International and nationally based Registrars who have been authorised to manage names, and they have to follow agreed standards regarding disputes, lapses and renewals, and also for ensuring every domain name is unique. A domain name can have many different suffixes such as .com, .net or .co.uk, and several of these can all 'point' to the same webspace. Normally one name may be assigned the main features of the website, whilst the others simply act as 'pointers', and point. Domain names are not purchased, but are leased for periods of usually two or more years. The leasee or 'owner' of the domain then has the right to renew and continue ownership of an aquired domain name for as long as they want, so long as the renewal fees are maintained.
Who manages the Domain name?
Should you wish to set up and lease a domain name, and perhaps some pointers, you can either acquire and manage these yourself, or Freetimers can purchase and manage the domain name(s) on your behalf, which is what we do for the majority of our clients. We will take care of the name servers, the renewals and management of the domains. We will also ensure it is owned by you, which we find is not always the case with other providers.