Buying a Domain Name for the First Time
If this is your first time to register a domain name, there are many articles that can guide you in completing this easy process. However, even though the process is simple and convenient, there are some things that you need to avoid to make sure that everything goes well in the long run.
First of all, you have to look out for “transfer-out” fees. They are usually written somewhere in the Terms and Conditions that people usually opt to ignore. If unnoticed, you are agreeing to let them charge you when you decide to transfer. The worst thing about this is the fact that the amount is several times larger than the annual registration fee. Also, make sure to read every detail of the Terms and Conditions. To avoid finding yourself in deep trouble years later after you decide to register a domain name, you have to read and consider everything first.
Another thing that usually happens is registrars tend to ask you to pay for registration that lasts for a number of years. The bad thing about this is even if you have forwarded them the right amount of money, they will just pay one year for your registration, and they will use the rest of money for some other purposes. If they forget to renew, you might lose your domain name. Also, if the company becomes bankrupt in the future, the cash that you paid will be lost and your domain is not registered as well. To avoid this, make sure that you are dealing with a company that already has a proven track record.
Another thing that you should look out for is the fees related to Whois. When you decide to register a domain name, all your information will be stored on a Whois record, which is an official record that reflects your ownership. To be able to edit this record whenever you want to, you need to have access to them. There are some companies that put your domain on a lock whenever you alter something. This is their way of preventing the transfer of the domains. In connection to this, since the Whois record is ready for the public to see. This is a negative thing for your security. What you should look out for are some registrars that use the Privacy Service to get your own domain name. The registrar substitutes your information with details of their own. They then submit it to the Whois database. With this, the registrar becomes the owner of the name. Again, to avoid this, make sure that you are dealing with good companies when you register a domain name.
Now that you have an idea about the things that you should watch out for if you register a domain name, you can watch your back and make sure that in the long run, everything will go out well.