27 Jul 2011

Dealing with DNS

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can seriously complicate launching a website. Domain name issues are among those little details that, if not caught, can create problems. For example, most clients expect email and website hosting to be grouped together. Understanding the differences in these two services can be confusing and complicated. One of the reasons this happens is a failure to understand that hosting a website and hosting email are actually two different services. This month’s newsletter discusses potentially confusing aspects of hosting, and defines some technical terms.

At its inception the Internet was used solely by computer geeks and techies. Today the web has grown to become something we use on a daily basis. It’s amazing how quickly the Internet went from obscurity to becoming something we take completely for granted. We hardly give a second thought to how this incredible system works.

Behind the scenes however, there are technical processes that make email and websites work. While some of us are curious enough to explore the inner workings, I imagine most don’t particularly care, as long as it keeps working. However, when building a website, questions about hosting must come up. Having a working knowledge of the key aspects of how hosting works can help avoid problems stemming from hosting related issues.

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14 Jun 2011

How I can transfer a domain name from one registrar to another?

You can transfer your domain by observing these steps!

Process of transferring a domain from one registrar to another is not much difficult but most of the domain owner supposes not to take that kind of tension and risk as well. Even it is quite a simple process to transfer a domain from one panel to another, because it is both client and web hosting effort to provide and get domain and webhosting services from one place, so usually at that one need to transfer ones domain from existing registrar to the newer one.

what you are required to transfer your domain is to simply get Authorization code of your domain, then make that thing confirm whether in your domain whois information at least Registrant and administrative contact have your email id or not.

When you made these two things confirm, simply request new registrar or hosting company to transfer in their panel your domain name, they in a reply send you a conformational e-mail to confirm whether you are the real owner for that transferring domain or not.

You will get that conformational mail at your Administrator or registrant email address, you have to click in the given link and have to paste the password (you can find that password in the conformational mail) and the Authorization code (EPP CODE).Then finally you will find this message that your domain has been successfully transferred but indeed it will take about 5 days to renew.

NOTE: You must make any changes in the name servers before transfer process as after transfer you will be unable to make any changes in the domain for 5 days from the successful transfer.

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10 Jun 2011

How Domain Name Server (DNS) Works?

Domain name Servers (DNS) are an important but invisible part of the internet, and form one of the largest databases on it. Each machine on an internet is assigned a unique address, called an IP address, which is 32 bit number and is expressed as 4 octets. The method user to represent these IP addresses is known as dotted decimal Notation”. A typical address looks like this: 199.249.150.4
It is very difficult to keep in mind the IP addresses of all the websites we visit daily, because it’s not easy to remember strings of numbers. However, we do remember words. This is where domain names come into the picture. If you want to connect to a particular site, you need to know its IP address but do need to know its URL. The DNS gets the mappings of the IP addresses and the corresponding names,
Names and numbers

DNS converts the machine names (such as www.xyz.com) to IP addresses (such as 199.249.150.9). Basically, it translates from a name to an address and from an address to a name.

The mapping from the IP address to the machine name is called reverse mapping .when you type http://www.xyz.com into your browser, the browser first needs to get the IP address of www.xyz.com. The machine uses a directory service to look up IP addresses and this service is called DNS. When you type www.xyz.com your machines firsts contacts a DNS server, asking it to find the IP address for www.xyz.com. This DNS server might then contact other DNS servers on the internet. DNS is therefore is considered as the global network of servers. The great advantage of DNS is that no organization is responsible for updating it. It is what is known as distributed database.

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09 Jun 2011

Domain Name Choice Tips

Before buying your domain name, give some thought to the following:-

1) If possible use your sites name as the basis of your domain name e.g www.discountdomainsuk.com for Discount Domains UK. This might seem common sense but not every site follows the convention. If you use your name in your URL it will be much easier for your customers to find you.

2) Generic names – if you can register a generic domain such as toys.com that’s great, but most of these have already gone. Also getting ranked in the search engines is likely to be harder. Selected a domain closer to your market segment will cut down the competition. E.g toyplanes.com

3) Hyphenated Names – Its easy to forget the hyphen! Which is the problem, particularly if your customer remembers your name but not your URL. Though on a positive note hyphenated names are less likely to be registered already.

4) If the .com or .co.uk extension is not available then consider the alternative TLD ( Top level domain types) such as .net or .biz. If your domain name has already been registered then approach the owner and ask if they’ll sell. They may accept a £100. If you ask, they can only say no.

5) Plurals. Very often a domain name will be free in the plural but not in the singular form. It’s a personal choice, but if your prefered choice of domain name is not available you might be stuck.

6) Short or Long domains – A short domain name is more memorable, but less likely to be available. A longer domain is harder to remember, but can contain more keywords which is important as some of the search engines, use keywords in a domain name as part of the search algorithm.

7) Which Top Level Domain Type – .com, .co.uk , .net etc This is a question I am often asked. There is no evidence that any domain name type is given preference by the search engines. However some search engines such as Google, have local searches e.g www.google.co.uk which do select local content. Customer often get re-assurance from seeing a local TLD as they know they are dealing with a local company etc. You can, of course, register all of them

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