Domain Names, Domain Names, Domain Names!!!
This topic comes up very often in the forum. Cookie Monster, I agree with you I don`t like BUYDOMAINS.com, First of all because they are competitors, and second of all I hate their business practice. I hate almost every domain registrars business ethics. Its easy to register a domain aname with them and a pain in the rear end to manage it and its like the minute you want to transfer it they call you day and night with these promotions to try to keep you. If they would have done their work you wouldn`t be transfering in the first place. Let me give you an example: I don`t know if you`ve ever registered a domain name with Yahoo.com?
In reality. you are not registering it with Yahoo. The name of the company you are actually registering your domain name with is MELBOURNE IT out of Australia. (same goes for Microsoft free domain registration)
So lets say you decided to start working on your web site, transfered your hosting, but need to point your domain name to another servers such as: ns1.nuevohost.net, here is where the real problem begins... Even worse try adding name servers to your domain. A name server is when you register an IP address to your domain (advanced domain name features) then you are out of luck. If you can afford to call MELBOURNE IT be my guest.
As for go Daddy? what can I say his empire is about to end very soon... I am transfering domain names for customers at a rate of 40 a day. Thats alot..
As for your domain name expiring? Please don`t let that happen. As of July of last year the rules have changed... Did your registrar tell you that? If you let your domain name expire you have 15 days to renew not 30, If you don`t renew within the first 15 days it goes into grace period, where you can still get it back. The second step is Redemption Period, once your domain name goes into redemption period it`s tough to get it back. It will cost you about $260 throu 350.00 to get it back. The final step is Deletion, where they hold it for another 30 days and they do not tell you when it`s available. So the total time it takes for your domain name to hit the public domains is "90 days", now here is the thing. It is not elegal for you to own a domain name lets say for example: Lucasfilms.com... If I registered it, hey I registered it... There is no law governing that Only Lucas films can register that domain name because they have full rights over the name Lucas Films.. Here is where people get scare. Here is where people are under the assumption they are going to sued..
If George Lucas didn`t dish out 10.00 bucks for his domain name and I registered it, It is mine... As long as I don`t call him and try to sell it to him I am fine, Im just going to sit on it until he makes me an offer. Anyone can register a domain name regardless if the name is a trademark.. He might have his paperwork stating that his name is a trademark, but not the domain name... two different things...
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