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Domain Name Account Manager
Need help managing your domain portfolio? Appoint your very own AccountExec!

AccountExec is a new service from ImpressiveDomains that gives you the power to organize domains into folders you define, and then delegate tasks to the "executives" you choose. Best of all, you maintain complete control - your password is always safe and protected.

How does it work? Simple!
Create folders of domains, as many as you like. Add any number of domains to a single folder...even include domains in more than one folder. Your AccountExec can then perform updates to that entire folder at any time. It's easy!


Choose the person or persons you want to manage any or all of your resources. We'll send them an email invitation to become your newest AccountExec.


As soon as your AccountExecs accept their invitations, assign them roles within the domain folders you created. Each role defines what your AccountExec can or cannot do.


 

AccountExec Roles:
Read Only - Your AccountExec can view entrusted domains, but cannot make modifications.
Admin - Your AccountExec can assume all defined roles defined for the entrusted resources.
Contacts - Your AccountExec can modify contact information for the entrusted domains as well as email forwarding for third level .NAME domains and Nexus information for .US domains.
Nameservers - Your AccountExec can modify nameserver information for the entrusted domains.
Auto Renew - Your AccountExec can set whether or not entrusted domains auto renew upon expiration.
Cancel - Your AccountExec can cancel the entrusted domains.
Hosts - Your AccountExec can manage hosts for the entrusted domains.
Domain Forwarding - Your AccountExec can manage domain forwarding settings for the entrusted domains.

 
Domain Name Forwarding
With every ImpressiveDomains domain name registration or transfer you get domain name forwarding for FREE. Domain Forwarding just might be the best, hardest-working domain bargain going!

Now you can put any domain name to work, whether you've built a site for it or not. Just select a domain name (or names), add forwarding, and any visitor who types in that name will be redirected to the existing site you designate.

Forwarding is especially useful if you have a site with a long, complicated address.

Now you can just register a simpler domain name (easily done using one of the less common top level domains, like .BIZ instead of .COM, for example) and then forward it. It's that easy.

 
Private Domain Name Registration
You should know that the information listed on your domain name has to be made publicly available per our Registrar's agreement with ICANN, the international governing body of domain names.

However, we do offer a solution to help protect your privacy.

You can register your domain name with us using our private domain name registration services.

When you purchase our private domain registration services, the Whois directory will list our partner Domains By Proxy's name, postal address and phone number instead of yours.

Although Domains By Proxy is the Registrant of your domain name registration, you still retain the full benefits of domain registration.

A Private "Unlisted" Registration protects you from:
Domain-related spam
Identity theft and fraud
Harassers, stalkers, and data miners
"Moonlighting," home- or side-business identity disclosure
Privacy intrusions


 

Start your Private Domain Registration.


 
   
Sell Domain Name
Have a memorable domain name? List it for sale with ImpressiveDomains! We are your one-stop-shop for all of your domain needs.

ImpressiveDomains is one of the premier brokers in the domain marketplace, with many premium domain sales under our belt. We have a large network of private domain investors and equity firms that we tap into - if you are the owner of a domain name with organic type-in traffic, we guarantee a tangible offer on your domain within 30 days! That's the ImpressiveDomains Advantage.

Switch your domain registrations to us and enjoy the following services:
List your domains for sale
Get your domains professionally appraised
Browse our domain offerings and make an offer on any domain - we'll take care of the entire negotiation and transfer process
Increased visibility for your domain via our Domain Feature program
Escrow service for your domain transactions
Stay updated like the pros with our live Domain News Service


 

Switch to ImpressiveDomains today!

 
Private Domain Name Transfers
Turned off by the high prices and spotty service from other registrars? Then turn to the ImpressiveDomains Transfer Concierge!

We'll turn you on to big savings; friendly, personal support; and a whole new world of unique, Internet-enhancing software and services. 100% Money-Back Guarantee. Transfer your domains to ImpressiveDomains.com today!

Domain name transfers from one registrar to another include one year extensions, so you won't lose any time on your current registration. This means your expiration date is increased by one year once the transfer is completed successfully.

Once your transfer is complete, you can renew your domain name with us for up to ten years at great low renewal rates anytime.

Your satisfaction is priority #1! Our customers know us as the friendliest, most service-focused domain registrar around. Now we want to earn your business!

Transfer your domains:
If you have domains with a higher-priced registrar
If you have domains with a registrar that's provided poor service
If you have domains with a registrar that just can't provide the innovative, value-added products and services you need


 

We'll make your transfer smooth! In a few simple steps, your transfer is complete. Simply:
1. Enter the domain(s) you want to transfer here
2. Confirm the transfer with your former registrar
3. If you have any questions or problems with the transfer process, our Transfer Concierge service is available to help, 24/7
2. In about 5 business days, your transfer should be complete
You can also switch your hosting and bulk domains to ImpressiveDomains.com, too!

* Switch hosting
* Switch bulk domains
 

 
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DOMAIN NAME BASICS

What is a domain name?
Last Updated: August 7, 2007 1:02 PM

A domain name is a Web address, such as coolexample.com, that is linked to an IP address (which represents a physical point on the Internet). When someone types a domain name into a Web browser, the requested Web page displays.

A domain name consists of a top-level and a second-level domain. A top-level domain (TLD) is the part of the domain name located to the right of the dot (coolexample.com). The most common top-level domains are .com, .net, and .org. Some other popular top-level domains are .biz, .info, .name, and .ws. These common top-level domains have certain guidelines but are, for the most part, available to any registrant, anywhere in the world.

There are also restricted top-level domains (rTLDs), like .aero, .biz, .edu, .mil, .museum, .name, and .pro, these require the registrant to represent a certain type of entity or to belong to a certain community. For example, the .name TLD is reserved for individuals, while .edu is reserved for educational entities.

Country-code TLDs (ccTLDs) are for Web sites and registrants of a particular geographic location, such as .bz (Belize), .ca (Canada), .dk (Denmark), .ec (Ecuador), .ie (Republic of Ireland), .uk (United Kingdom), .us (United States), and .zw (Zimbabwe).

The part of the domain name located to the left of the dot (coolexample.com) — "yourpersonaldomain," in this case — is called the second-level domain (SLD) name. The second-level domain name is the "readable" part of the address and refers to the organization or entity behind the Internet address. Second-level domain names must be unique on the Internet and registered with an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)-accredited registrar.

What is a second-level domain (SLD)?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 1:40 PM

Located immediately to the left of the dot (" . "), the second-level domain is the readable part of the domain name. The registrant defines the second-level domain. It typically refers to the organization or entity associated with the IP address. For example, in www.cnn.com "cnn" is a second-level domain.

Second-level domains can be divided into further domain levels (for example, www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com). These sub domains sometimes represent different computer servers within departments. More than one second-level domain name can be used for the same IP address.

How can you charge so much less for domain registration than other registrars?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 12:34 PM

We do not purchase domains through Network Solutions, Register.com or any other company. We are a fully accredited registrar of domain names. ICANN, the governing body of domain names, has approved us as a registrar. Our registration services compete directly with those of Network Solutions/Verisign and Register.com.

Our prices for these services are simply better. There are no hidden fees and no gimmicks. We do not make you use our hosting services with your domain name. We are able to offer these prices by accepting lower profit margins than others might be inclined to, and by striving to keep our operations efficient.

Can I register a domain without having a hosting provider yet?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 1:42 PM

Yes, you can register as many domain names as you'd like and choose to have them parked until you find a hosting provider. To do so, register a domain name and select "Parking." If this option is chosen, a temporary Parked Page displays whenever somebody types your domain name in their browser. This temporary page will inform anyone passing by that this is the future location of your site.

A parked page will be active in 4-8 hours for .COM and .NET domains, and about 24-48 hours for all other domain extensions.

Why should I register more than one domain name?
Last Updated: July 6, 2007 4:14 PM

If you're thinking about registering more than one domain name, you've got the right idea. Registering and using multiple domains names is great for building your business and can help you create a dynamic online identity.

When you register multiple domain names, you can:

* Keep your competition from registering a domain name that draws customers to them instead of you.

* Promote the different products and services you offer.

* Drive more traffic to your Web site.

* Enjoy more opportunities to market to — and be listed in — search engines.

* Create distinct advertising strategies that reach different target markets.

* Provide customers more ways to find you when searching the Internet.

* Capture common misspellings of your domain name, instead of sending visitors to an error page.

* Protect your brand and online identity from those who may have unsavory purposes.

How do domain names work?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 10:33 AM

A domain name works like an address forwarding service.

All of your Web site content sits on a computer with a unique address. This is called an IP address. An IP address is made up of a series of numbers, such as 123.23.234.45. Your domain name directs visitors to your site using this IP address.

We use domain names instead of IP addresses because most people find it easier to remember a name rather than a series of numbers.

What is a Name Server?
Last Updated: May 30, 2007 12:20 PM

Name servers are the Internet's equivalent to phone books. A name server maintains a directory of domain names that match certain IP addresses (computers). The information from all the name servers across the Internet is gathered in a central registry.

This makes it possible for people across the Internet to access your Web site using a familiar domain name, instead of having to remember a series of numbers.

It usually takes about 4-8 hours for .COM and .NET domains and about 24-48 hours for all other domain extensions before name servers on other networks are able to access the information after the central registry gets it. This period is referred to as the propagation period.

Which name server you use depends on when you set up your hosting account. Our name servers are:

After January 31, 2007
ns5.secureserver.net
ns6.secureserver.net

November 15, 2006 – January 30, 2007
ns1.secureserver.net
ns2.secureserver.net

December 15, 2005 – November 14, 2006
ns3.secureserver.net
ns4.secureserver.net

Before December 14, 2005
ns1.secureserver.net
ns2.secureserver.net
OR
wsc1.jomax.net
wsc2.jomax.net

What do I do with my domain once it's been registered?
Last Updated: July 6, 2007 1:19 PM

Besides setting up your Web site, there are a number of things you can do with your domain once you register it.

Sell it. Domain names can be a great investment. If you have registered a domain name that you are not using, maybe someone else can. Log in to the ImpressiveDomains Domain Admin Console and list your domain for sale. Don't forget to include your contact information.

Protect your brand online. The more domain names you register, the better. Prevent others from registering a similar domain name to yours—just to steal away your customers. What to do with all these names? Forward them to your main domain name.

Hold on to it. Maybe you haven’t decided what to do with your new domain name. Don’t worry – there’s no rush. You can leave it parked with us for the length of your registration.


Can a domain registered elsewhere use your system to register new nameservers?
Last Updated: March 7, 2007 11:21 AM

No. Your domain must be registered through us in order for you to use our system to register name servers for it.

If your domain name is with another registrar, you will need to register your nameservers through the domain's current registrar, Network Solutions, or InterNIC.

Please contact your current registrar or one of the above companies for more information.

However, you can assign nameservers that have already been registered through our system to domains that are registered elsewhere.

If I register a domain from you, will I be listed as its registrant?
Last Updated: July 24, 2007 5:50 PM

Any public domain registration that you register through us will have your name as the registrant, just as if you had registered it through any other ICANN certified registrar like Network Solutions/Verisign or Register.com. You will be able to change all four contact fields for the domain whenever you want. You can change the name servers for your domain or use the domain to register your own name servers.

We do not charge for any of these services. You are free to work with your domain however and whenever you want to.

What is the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy?
Last Updated: July 19, 2007 4:26 PM


ICANN's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) defines how to resolve trademark-based disputes over domain names (.biz, .com, .info, .name, .net, .org). In accordance with the UDRP, you can dispute a claim to a domain name by following the dispute process.

NOTE: The UDRP does not apply to country-code top-level domains, except in a few cases where the local administrator has decided to adopt it.

Can I change a domain name or get a refund if I misspelled it when I ordered it?
Last Updated: July 6, 2007 12:26 PM

Unfortunately, we are unable to change or edit the spelling of a domain name after it has been registered. We try to register the domain exactly as you enter it. Should the registration succeed, you will be charged, even if the domain you entered was not what you actually intended to type.

When can I register an expired domain?
Last Updated: July 6, 2007 12:25 PM

Most registrars allow a grace period after a domain name expires for the registrant to renew it. That grace period can be as short as one to two weeks or as long as one year in some cases. If the current registrant does not renew it within the allotted time frame, then that domain name should become available. The actual grace period is different for each individual registrar. Once the registrar releases the domain name, you will be able to register it through us.

In many cases, soon-to-be-expired domains will be put up for auction. If the current registrant fails to renew the registration within the allotted grace and subsequent redemption periods, you can attempt to obtain the domain by placing a bid for it.

I just registered a new domain name. How long until I can use it?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 2:05 PM

New domains and changes to domains may take up to 4-8 hours for .COM and .NET domains to become effective, and about 24-48 hours for all other domain extensions. This is due to the number of networks involved, and the fact that several different agencies control those networks. This delay applies to all domains and all registrars.

Please allow for this delay when planning Web sites or configuring a domain to work with your email.

What do I do if I have a trademark dispute?
Last Updated: July 19, 2007 6:16 PM

Unfortunately, we cannot make any changes to the registrant fields without a legal change of ownership, a court order, or an order by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

If you feel that you are the rightful owner of the domain name, please contact the registrant of the domain name. If you are unable to find a satisfactory solution with the current registrant, you need to settle the issue with a court order. We do not get involved in domain disputes. We cannot make changes to a registrant field without a legal change of ownership or a court order.

Discrepancies with trademark or rightful ownership are handled by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Their email address is domain.disputes@wipo.int. If a domain name is under a dispute, we lock the domain name once the WIPO notifies us. It cannot be modified or transferred to another registrar. Once we receive a court or WIPO ruling we update the domain name accordingly.

What does it mean to park a domain name?
Last Updated: January 26, 2007 6:14 PM

When you park a domain name you're reserving your registered domain until you have created your Web site, found a hosting provider, or sold the domain to a third party. When you park your domain, a temporary Web page displays whenever somebody types your domain name in their browser.

Unparking (Activating) Your Domain Name
Recently Updated: August 24, 2007 2:00 PM

Once you determine which hosting provider you will use, you must change the name server information on your account to unpark, or activate your domain name.

To Unpark (Activate) Your Domain Name Using the New Domain Control Center

1. Log in to your Account Manager.

2. From the Domain Names menu, select Manage Domains. The Domain Control Center displays.

3. Select the checkbox next to the domain name(s) you want to modify.

4. Above your list of domain names, click Nameservers.

5. Select whether you want to use the Default Hosting Nameservers, Default Parked Nameservers or your own Custom Nameservers.

If your domain(s) are hosted here, choose Default Hosted Nameservers. If your domain(s) are parked here, choose Default Parked Nameservers. If your domain(s) are hosted somewhere else, choose Custom Nameservers.

6. If you selected Custom Nameservers, enter your nameservers. You must enter at least two nameservers for your domain.

7. Click OK.

It usually takes about 4-8 hours for .com and .net domains and about 24-48 hours for all other domain extensions before name servers on other networks are able to access the information after the central registry gets it. This period is referred to as the propagation period.

Checking if a Domain Name is Available
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 1:45 PM

To get started, you need to check if the domain name you want is available.

To Check if a Domain Name is Available

1. Go to our Home Page.

2. In the Enter a domain name search box, type in the domain name you are interested in.

3. Click CHECK.

If the domain you want is available, you can follow the instructions on the page to proceed to the next steps in the registration procedure.

If the domain name you requested is already taken, we will present you with some available alternatives. For example, you may be able to select a .info or .ws top-level domain, rather than a .com. So, you could register www.domainnamehere.info, instead of www.domainnamehere.com.

What is a Whois listing?
Last Updated: July 9, 2007 12:55 PM

A Whois listing contains information associated with a domain name, such as its creation and expiration dates, the registrar of record, and various contacts (administrative, technical, etc.). Whois data is collected when a domain name is registered and is public information. The Whois information appears whenever a person conducts a Whois search on a particular domain name.

Why is my newly-registered .ws domain displaying a third-party advertisement?
Last Updated: August 2, 2006 1:25 PM

The .ws registry displays third-party advertisements on all new .ws domains during the first 48 hours of registration. These ads are displayed for the duration of this initial 48-hour period regardless of the name server settings for the .ws domain in question.

When 48 hours have elapsed, your domain will have propagated, and your content — Web site, parked page, For Sale ad, etc. — will be displayed on the domain.

REGISTERING AND RENEWING DOMAIN NAMES

Managing Your Auto Renewal Options
Last Updated: March 28, 2007 3:44 PM

If you set your domains to auto renew, we will automatically bill your credit card on the day your domain name expires. If you set a domain to manually renew, we will not bill you automatically when your domain expires.

To Set up Auto Renewal for Your Domain Names Using the NEW Domain Control Center

1. Log in to your Account Manager.

2. From the Domain Names menu, select Manage Domains. The Domain Control Center opens.

3. In your list of domain names, use the checkboxes to select the domain names for which you want to set up auto-renew.

4. Above your list of domain names, move your mouse over Renew and then select Change Auto Renew from the drop-down menu.

5. Select Turn on Auto-Renew and then click OK.

Renewing Your Domain Name
Last Updated: March 28, 2007 3:45 PM

You can renew your domain name using your Account Manager.

To Renew Your Domain Name Using the NEW Domain Control Center

1. Log in to your Account Manager.

2. From the Domain Names menu, select Manage Domains. The Domain Control Center opens.

3. In your list of domain names, use the checkboxes to select the domain name(s) that you want to renew.

4. Above your list of domain names, move your mouse over Renew and select Renew Domain from the drop-down menu.

5. Choose the length of time you want to renew your domain name(s) for and click Continue.

6. Select if you want to make the domain registration private. You can enter a current Domains By Proxy account user ID and password or create a new Domains By Proxy account.

7. Read and accept the Domains By Proxy Agreement and then click Continue.

8. Proceed through the Checkout process and complete your purchase.

Disabling the Automatic Renewal Feature for Your Domains
Last Updated: March 28, 2007 3:50 PM

If your domains are set to renew automatically, we will bill your credit card on the day your domain name expires. You can disable the automatic renewal feature at any time.

To Disable the Automatic Renewal Feature for Your Domains Using the NEW Domain Control Center

1. Log in to your Account Manager.

2. From the Domain Names menu, select Manage Domains. The Domain Control Center opens.

3. In your list of domain names, use the checkboxes to select the domain names for which you want to disable auto-renew.

4. Above your list of domain names, move your mouse over Renew and then select Change Auto Renew from the drop-down menu.

5. Select Turn off Auto-Renew and then click OK.

What is the redemption grace period?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 2:11 PM

The redemption grace period is a 30-day window that occurs when a domain registrant fails to renew a domain’s registration. Instead of being deleted and returned to the pool of domain names available for registration, the name is held for a 30-day grace period during which the original domain registrant may retrieve the domain name (for an additional fee) by contacting the domain registrar. If the registrant fails to retrieve the domain during this 30-day window, it is deleted at the registry.

An expiring domain enters the redemption grace period on the 12th day following its expiration date. Prior to this, we – the registrar – attempt to auto-renew the domain registration, and if that fails, we notify you of the domain’s impending expiration/deletion via email message. The redemption period begins when/if our third and final auto-renewal attempt fails for the domain in question.

One week into the redemption period, the expired domain – assuming its registration has not been renewed – is placed into a 10-day domain auction, allowing prospective registrants to bid on the domain. The winner of the auction obtains the domain registration ownership two weeks after the end of the auction if the original owner fails to renew the registration by the end of the redemption period.

Once the redemption period ends – and the domain has neither been renewed nor obtained through auction or backordering – the domain is deleted at the registry. The domain name re-enters the public pool of available domains, and is no longer redeemable.

Though this 30-day period extends the time available to renew an expired domain, all names that enter the redemption period are removed from the zone files (the list of domains currently in the global DNS). Therefore, any Web site or email services associated with the domain name will stop working. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that you renew your domain registration before the domain name enters the redemption state.

What happens when my domain registration expires?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 4:03 PM

If your domain registration expires, we—the domain registrar—attempt to automatically renew it for you. If that fails, we send you up to three expiration notifications by email. Following the third and final auto-renewal attempt—12 days after the domain registration has expired—the domain enters a redemption period, during which you may retrieve your domain name for an additional fee and renew it by contacting customer support. The redemption period lasts 30 days.

One week into the redemption period, the expired domain—assuming that its registration has not been renewed—is placed into a 10-day domain auction, allowing prospective registrants to bid on the domain. The winner of the auction obtains the domain registration ownership two weeks after the auction end date if the original owner fails to renew the domain by the end of the redemption period.

Once the redemption period ends—and the domain has neither been renewed nor obtained through auction or backordering—the domain is deleted at the registry. After that, the domain name re-enters the public pool of available domains, and it is no longer redeemable.

How can I renew my domain registration if my domain name is in the redemption period?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 4:01 PM

Please contact Customer Support to begin the redemption process. Please note that we can assist in redeeming your domain only if your domain was registered with us. If your domain was registered with another registrar, you must contact that registrar for information regarding redemption of your domain name.

Can I renew a domain registered with another registrar through your company?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 4:07 PM

Yes, you can renew through us now and not have to pay the other registrar's renewal fees. Keep in mind that ICANN regulations prohibit transferring a domain name that has been registered or previously transferred within the last 60 days. Also, you need to start the transfer process at least 10 days before your domain name expires.

Will my domain name be auctioned off if I allow its registration to expire?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 4:05 PM

Yes. If a domain registration expires, you have up to 12 days to renew the registration. If you have not renewed the registration after 12 days, the domain enters a 30-day redemption period. During the redemption period, you may renew your domain registration for an additional fee by contacting customer support.

One week into the redemption period, the expired domain—provided that its registration has not been renewed—is placed into a 10-day domain auction, allowing prospective registrants to bid on the domain. The winner of the auction obtains the domain registration ownership two weeks after the auction end date if the original owner fails to renew the domain by the end of the redemption period.

Should I enter valid contact information when registering a domain name?
Last Updated: July 3, 2007 1:11 PM

ICANN, the governing body for domain names, requires valid contact information for each domain contact (Registrant, Technical, Billing, and Administrative).

If you enter false information, your domain name will be cancelled.

Your contact information is public and is made available through the Whois databases of most Registrars. However, we do offer a solution to help protect your privacy. You can register your domain name with us using our private domain name registration services.

When you purchase our private domain registration services, the Whois directory lists Domains By Proxy’s name, postal address, and phone number instead of yours. Although Domains By Proxy is the registrant of your domain name registration, you still retain the full benefits of domain registration. You can:

* Cancel, sell, or transfer your domain name registration.

* Revert the Registrant listing for your domain name registration back to you.

* Renew your domain name registration when it expires.

* Designate the name servers for your domain.

* Resolve claims arising out of a dispute involving your domain name registration.

Do you offer domain names in bulk quantities?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 2:09 PM

Yes. You can mix any domain extensions in your purchase. Bulk pricing is applied based upon the total number of domains in your list—no matter which domain extensions you enter. For instance, if you had 49 .com domains and 3 .biz domains, the entire order would qualify under bulk pricing for 50-100 domains.

What do I do if I have a trademark dispute?
Last Updated: July 19, 2007 6:16 PM

Unfortunately, we cannot make any changes to the registrant fields without a legal change of ownership, a court order, or an order by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

If you feel that you are the rightful owner of the domain name, please contact the registrant of the domain name. If you are unable to find a satisfactory solution with the current registrant, you need to settle the issue with a court order. We do not get involved in domain disputes. We cannot make changes to a registrant field without a legal change of ownership or a court order.

Discrepancies with trademark or rightful ownership are handled by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Their email address is domain.disputes@wipo.int. If a domain name is under a dispute, we lock the domain name once the WIPO notifies us. It cannot be modified or transferred to another registrar. Once we receive a court or WIPO ruling we update the domain name accordingly.

TRANSFERRING DOMAINS

Authorizing a Domain Transfer to Your Account
Last Updated: April 4, 2007 11:15 AM

Your domain transfer will not succeed unless you unlock the domain, remove privacy, set up a valid administrative email, and apply the correct authorization code(for .com, .net, .org, .biz, .us. or .info names).

To Authorize a Domain Transfer to Your Account

1. Log in to your Account Manager.

2. From the Domain Names menu, select Manage Domains. The Domain Control Center opens.

3. In your folder list, click Pending Transfers.

4. Click the Authorization button and select Begin Transfer Authorization from the list. The Authorization button is located in the right corner of the toolbar.

5. In the Transfer Authorization section, enter your Transaction ID and Security Code from the email notification you received regarding this transfer and click Continue.

6. If applicable, enter your Authorization Code that you received from the current Registrar and click Continue.

Does transferring a domain forfeit time left on the registration period?
Last Updated: September 7, 2006 11:04 AM

When you transfer your domain name to us, one year is added to the existing registration period.

The only exception is the .EU tld. When you transfer a .EU domain to another registrar, you forfeit any time remaining on your original registration.Your new registration will expire one year from the date that you complete your transfer.

What do I need to do to transfer a domain from register.com to you?
Last Updated: March 19, 2007 11:36 AM

We can accept transfers from any registrar, but each registrar has a different policy for approving transfers. Check with your individual registrar regarding their transfer policy.

Register.com sends an email message when they receive our transfer request. You have three (3) days to reply to that email message, either approving or denying the transfer, or register.com automatically denies the transfer. This is a policy of register.com and we have no control over it.

NOTE: You must initiate transfers at least 10 days before your domain registration expires, or the transfer may not be successful. If your domain name expires during the transfer process, we cannot complete it. Also note that ICANN regulations prohibit transferring a domain name that has been registered or previously transferred within the last 60 days.

Can I Keep the Time Remaining on My .EU Registration When I Transfer it?
Last Updated: August 9, 2006 4:35 PM

When you transfer a .EU domain to another registrar, you forfeit any time remaining on your original registration.

Your new registration will expire one year from the date that you complete your transfer.

Why is There a Non-Refundable Transfer Fee to Transfer a .EU Domain?
Last Updated: August 9, 2006 4:33 PM

The EU registry charges a non-refundable fee to transfer any domain names. If the transfer fails for any reason, you will have to start over and pay the transfer fee again.

How do I Transfer a .EU Domain?
Last Updated: December 20, 2006 10:01 AM

You can transfer a .EU domain to us the same way that you transfer other domain names. However, the transfer process, after you make the request, is unique to the EU registry.

To Transfer a .EU Domain

1. Go to the Domain Transfer page on our Web site.

2. Enter the domain name you want to transfer and select the .eu extension.

3. Click Go.

4. Verify that this is the domain name you want to transfer and click Proceed to Checkout.

5. Continue through the checkout process: select your nameservers and verify your .EU eligibility.

When you complete the checkout process, we will notify the EU registry about your transfer request.

When the EU registry receives your request, they will contact you by email to verify that you want to transfer your domain.

After you submit your request, you will have up to 14 days to respond to the EU validation email and confirm that this is a valid transfer.

IMPORTANT! Respond to the email from the EU registry as quickly as possible. If you do not respond within 14 days, they will cancel the transfer and you will have to start the process over again. You will lose the money you paid for the transfer request and must purchase a new domain transfer request.

Changing the Registrant Account for a Domain Name
Last Updated: April 16, 2007 6:52 PM

Changing the domain name registrant removes the domain name from your list of registered domains and places it in the new registrant's account. To complete the process for changing the account registrant, the new registrant must follow the set of instructions we sent them through email.

To Change the Registrant Account for a Domain Name

1. Log in to your Account Manager.

2. From the Domain Names menu, select Manage Domains.

3. In the Domain Control Center window, select the domain name(s) you want to change.

4. Click the Account Change button.

5. In the New Registrant area, enter the following:

First Name and Last Name
The new registrant's first and last name.

Organization
The name of the organization that is the legal registrant of the domain, if any.

Address 1 and Address 2
The new registrant's address.

City, State, Zip Code, and Country
The new registrant's city, state, ZIP Code, and country.

Phone
The new registrant's phone number.

Fax
The new registrant's fax number, if any.

Email
The new registrant's email address.

6. If the domain name registrant is an organization, and you agree that the organization is the legal registrant, select I certify that the specified organization.

7. Read the Domain Name Change Registrant Agreement, and if you agree to the terms, select For security purposes I authorize.

8. Click Continue. A list of the services associated with the domain name displays. These services will be cancelled.

9. Click Continue.

10. Click OK.

NOTE: The transaction ID and security code we sent to the new registrant expires after 10 days.

What is my Auth Code or Authorization Code?
Last Updated: August 3, 2007 12:40 PM

To transfer a .com, .net, .org, .biz, .tv, .us, .info, or .name to another registrar, the registry requires that you confirm an auth code or authorization code. The auth code is unique to each domain name and is assigned by the registrar at the time of registration. You need to provide us with this auth code if you want to transfer a domain to us. We do not have access to your domain auth codes if you did not register the name here. These must be recovered at your current registrar. Once your transfer is complete, we store your auth code securely with your domain information.

Current registries assigning auth codes are: Verisign (the .COM and .NET Registry), Public Interest Registry (the .ORG Registry), Afilias (the .INFO Registry), NeuLevel (the .BIZ Registry), and NeuStar (the .US Registry).

Auth codes provide an extra level of security for your domain names.

When you register a NEW .com, .net, .info, .biz, .us, or .name with us, we store and maintain your auth code.

How Long Does it Take to Transfer a .EU Domain?
Last Updated: August 9, 2006 4:32 PM

Transfer requests for .EU domains typically take 21 days or more to complete.

Making a Transferred Domain Private
Last Updated: March 2, 2007 11:34 AM

The domain transfer must be complete before you can add privacy.

To Make Your Domain Private Using the Domain Control Center

1. Log in to your Account Manager.

2. From the Domain Names menu, click Manage Domains.

3. In the Domain Control Center, use the checkboxes to select the domain name(s) you want to add privacy to.

4. Click Upgrade.

5. Select Add Private Registration.

6. Click Continue.

7. Select whether you want to Use Existing Private Registration Account or Create a New Private Registration Account.

8. Review the Domain Name Proxy Agreement, and if you agree, select I have read.

9. Click Continue.

10. Continue through the checkout process.

When can I transfer a domain name to you?
Last Updated: May 8, 2007 2:17 PM

ICANN regulations prohibit transferring a domain name that has been registered or previously transferred within the last 60 days.

Most registrars do not allow transfers of domains that are within 10 days of expiration or that have already expired. If your domain name is within 10 days of expiration or has already expired, we recommend that you first renew your domain with your current registrar.

When a domain name expires, it enters a 45 day grace period during which it may still be renewed. However, if you renew your domain name during this grace period you may still be prevented from transferring it until the full 45 days have passed. Check with your current registrar regarding their renewal and transfer policies during this grace period.

If a domain name is locked at the registry, it is unavailable for transfer. Check with your current registrar to see if your domain is locked.

If your domain is already registered here, then it cannot be transferred to us.

Some registries restrict the use of profanity in the domain name; this could also restrict a transfer.

If your domain is registered as Private it cannot be transferred. You must remove privacy.

How long do domain name registrar transfers take?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 4:11 PM

Transferring a domain name often takes five days or less. There are two steps you can take now to reduce the transfer time:

* Verify that the email address for the domain name's administrative contact at your current registrar is correct. This is the address we are required to contact when requesting approval for the transfer.

* Advise the administrative contact that the domain name is being transferred and to expect our request for approval.

How can I transfer my domain name and register it for more than one year?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 4:10 PM

Domain name transfers from one registrar to another include one year extensions. This means your expiration date is increased by one year once the transfer is completed successfully. This is an ICANN rule that all registrars follow.

Once your transfer is complete, you can renew your domain name with us for up to ten years at great low renewal rates anytime.

Can I transfer a domain that has already expired to you?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 4:10 PM

No, a domain must be current to transfer the registration. If your old registrar has released the domain, you can register it through us. Most likely your old registrar has placed a 45 day hold on it in the hope that you will renew with them.

If you do renew through your old registrar, you will be unable to transfer your domain for 60 days (it is treated like a new domain). You may petition your registrar to release the domain so that you can register it elsewhere, but then you risk losing the domain. Services like Snapnames exist to grab up popular domains as soon as they become available.

The best thing to do at this point is to renew the domain through your old registrar. Then, once 60 days have passed, we hope you will consider transferring the domain to us. Any time you purchased with your old registrar transfers with your domain.

What should I do if my domain transfer failed?
Last Updated: July 2, 2007 4:11 PM

Please contact your current registrar for more information. We request a domain name transfer, but it can be denied by the current registrar. If your name was on hold and has been released by your current registrar, please contact us to resubmit your transfer.

Transferring Domains to Us
Last Updated: August 23, 2007 2:00 PM

Transferring a domain name to us often takes five days or less, but transfers may take up to seven days to complete. To transfer a domain name, we need some assistance from you.

Domain Transfer Process:

1. You should advise your administrative contact that the domain name is being transferred.

2. We send an email message to your administrative contact by the next business day to request transfer approval.

3. When this acceptance is received, we send a transfer request to the registry.

4. The registry sends an email message to your current registrar.

5. Most likely, your current registrar sends your administrative contact an email message to ask for your approval of the transfer to our registry. Please respond as directed.

6. Your current registrar sends an acceptance or rejection notice to the registry.

7. The registry sends an email notice of the acceptance or rejection to us.

8. We send you an email message to inform you that the transfer is complete. Should the transfer fail, we will inform you.

Helpful hints:

* ICANN regulations prohibit transferring a domain name that has been registered or previously transferred within the last 60 days.

* Verify that the email address for the domain name's administrative contact at your current registrar is correct. This is the address we are required to contact to request approval for the transfer.

* After we have notified you that the transfer is complete, log on to your account and verify the contact information for your domain. Inaccurate or incomplete contact data may result in the cancellation of your domain name.

* If the domain name is locked, the transfer will fail. Contact your current registrar in order to unlock your domain name.

Transferring Domains Away from Us
Recently Updated: August 24, 2007 7:36 PM

The process for transferring a domain from us to another registrar partially depends on the registrar you want to transfer to. For more information about transferring domains to another registrar, see that registrar's help.

To prepare to transfer a domain from us, you must unlock the domain. There is a 60 day transfer restriction period for new or renewed registrations, recently transferred domains, or changes to the registrant's contact name.

After unlocking your domain, you can initiate a transfer with your new registrar. When you complete the process with the new registrar, we send you an email message that includes instructions for authorizing the transfer away from us. If you do not authorize or deny the transfer request within five days, we automatically complete the transfer.

PRIVATE REGISTRATION

What is the difference between a "public" and "private" registration?
Last Updated: January 23, 2007 6:11 PM

You should know that the information listed on your domain name has to be made publicly available per our Registrar’s agreement with ICANN, the international governing body of domain names. Using false information will violate the registration agreement and lead to the termination of your domain registration.

However, we do offer a solution to help protect your privacy. You can register your domain name with us using our private domain name registration services.

When you purchase our private domain registration services, the WHO-IS directory will list Domains By Proxy’s name, postal address and phone number instead of yours. Although Domains By Proxy is the Registrant of your domain name registration, you still retain the full benefits of domain registration. You can:

* Cancel, sell, or transfer your domain name registration.

* Revert the Registrant listing for your domain name registration back to you.

* Renew your domain name registration when it expires.

* Designate the name servers for your domain.

* Resolve claims arising out of a dispute involving your domain name registration.

More importantly, with a private registration, Domain By Proxy’s name, address and phone number are made publicly available in the WHOIS directory--and not yours.

Canceling Your Privacy Service
Last Updated: October 27, 2006 4:03 PM

When you cancel privacy for your domain(s), your "private" registration reverts to a "public" registration and as a result, your name, postal address, email, and phone number are listed in the Whois directory.

If you want to cancel your private registration service, you must go to the Domains By Proxy Web site. Domains By Proxy is a partner company that handles our privacy services. You must log in to your Domains By Proxy account in order cancel your service.

NOTE: Domains By Proxy does not refund any part of fees, used or unused, that you have paid when you cancel your service.

To Cancel Your Domains By Proxy Service

1. Go to the Domains By Proxy Web site at "www.domainsbyproxy.com and log in to your account. This is not the same as your Customer login through us.

2. Select My Domains.

3. Select the Cancel Your Private Registration checkbox next to the domain name for which you want to cancel your privacy service, and then click Continue.

4. Select Yes - Cancel Domains by Proxy for the domain name(s) listed above and then click Submit.

If you need further assistance or have any questions regarding canceling your Domains By Proxy account, please contact support@domainsbyproxy.com.

Adding Privacy to Your Domains
Last Updated: March 2, 2007 11:34 AM

To Add Privacy to Your Existing Domains

1. Log in to your Account Manager.

2. From the Domain Names menu, click Manage Domains.

3. In the Domain Control Center, use the checkboxes to select the domain name(s) you want to add privacy to.

4. Click Upgrade.

5. Select Add Private Registration, and then click Continue.

6. Select whether you want to Use Existing Private Registration Account or Create a New Private Registration Account.

Making a Transferred Domain Private
Last Updated: March 2, 2007 11:34 AM

The domain transfer must be complete before you can add privacy.

To Make Your Domain Private Using the Domain Control Center

1. Log in to your Account Manager.

2. From the Domain Names menu, click Manage Domains.

3. In the Domain Control Center, use the checkboxes to select the domain name(s) you want to add privacy to.

4. Click Upgrade.

5. Select Add Private Registration.

6. Click Continue.

7. Select whether you want to Use Existing Private Registration Account or Create a New Private Registration Account.

8. Review the Domain Name Proxy Agreement, and if you agree, select I have read.

9. Click Continue.

10. Continue through the checkout process.

Is there anyway to hide my personal information in the Whois directory?
Last Updated: July 3, 2007 1:10 PM

You should know that the information listed on your domain name has to be made publicly available per our Registrar’s agreement with ICANN, the international governing body of domain names. Using false information will violate the registration agreement and lead to the termination of your domain registration.

However, we do offer a solution to help protect your privacy. You can register your domain name with us using our private domain name registration services.

When you purchase our private domain registration services, the Whois directory will list Domains By Proxy’s name, postal address and phone number instead of yours. Although Domains By Proxy is the Registrant of your domain name registration, you still retain the full benefits of domain registration. You can:

* Cancel, sell, or transfer your domain name registration.

* Revert the Registrant listing for your domain name registration back to you.

* Renew your domain name registration when it expires.

* Designate the name servers for your domain.

* Resolve claims arising out of a dispute involving your domain name registration.






































 
 



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