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The real work of domain name system happens is a very distributed, very desentralized way

Month: September 2015

How do transfer domain away

We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you need to move your domains to another registrar, it’s a straight forward process. Before you start, there are three things you’ll need to do: make sure your contact details are up to date, get the transfer authorisation code for the domain and check that private registration is turned off and the domain is unlocked.

To update take care of these steps, you should start by logging into your MyAccount. Then do the following:

1. Go to “Manage Domain Names”

2. Double-click on the domain in question to go to the management screen

3. You will see an option to view the Auth Code (the domain key for most domain spaces) in the upper left of the screen. Click “Show” and make a note of the code

4. Underneath this you will see the lock status and private registration status. The domain needs to be unlocked and private registration turned off before the domain can transfer.

5. You will see the domain contact details on the right of the screen. Make sure these are up to date.

So far, so good? Great.

The next step is to initiate the transfer process. This is done by the new registrar, so you will need to give them the Auth code you obtained earlier. Once the process is begun, an email will arrive at the admin contact for the domain – this is why it’s important to make sure it’s an address you have access to. In the email will be a link asking you to click to accept. You need to accept the transfer request by clicking the link.

Once this is done, the transfer will typically take around five days to complete from the time of accepting the transfer link.

HOW CAN CHANGE THE DOMAIN NAME FOR WORDPRESS SITE

OVERVIEW

This article will show you how to change the domain name for a WordPress site on your . In this example, we will make these changes to reflect a move from  to just . However, this can be accomplished between any domain or subdomain hosted on your .

CAUTION:

The steps in this article will NOT move your site files for you! You will need to do this manually. These instructions are designed to help you update WordPress to reflect the correct domain name after you have moved your files.

We advise keeping a copy of your WordPress installation in both target folders while you are making this switch, so you don’t accidentally lock yourself out of WordPress while attempting to make any changes.

REQUIREMENTS

Before you start, you will need:

INSTRUCTIONS

Be sure that your target domain (in this case, ) does not directory. If it does, you can use the tool or FTP to rename it.

Via WordPress Dashboard

  1. After moving your site files (if necessary), log into your your WordPress Dashboard as an administrator.
  2. Next, click on Settings from the menu, and then General.
    Click on General to get started.
  3. The two fields we’ll change are WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL).
  4. Enter the URL you’d like to use. For this example, we’ll change the two fields to .
  5. Scroll down the page and click on the Save Changes button.
  6. Be sure that you rename the folder to the new URL in FTP or the File Manager.

That’s it!

TIP:

Remember that your WordPress Dashboard has now changed and will be using the URL you entered in Step 4.

Via phpMyAdmin

TIP:

Remember that your WordPress Dashboard has now changed and will be using the URL you entered in Step 6.

How to get creative with your domain name registration

Naming your startup can be one of the most difficult challenges for an entrepreneur.

Not only do you need to come up with something relevant, but you have the added stress of worrying about the verb effect, if it’s easy-to-spell, globally understandable, catchy, memorable and gives off the right impression.

The list of important factors when naming your startup is practically endless, and there are many common roadblocks when it comes down to choosing the final name. Once you’ve racked your brain and come up with a couple of potentially perfect ideas, you then have to figure out if the domain name is actually available.

Whilst some argue that paying big bucks for a dot-com address is essential, sometimes it’s unavailable or just too costly to purchase from domain name squatters. So, what happens if you think of the “perfect” name and you can’t get that prime dotcom address you were hoping for?

Trends like dropping the vowels, misspelling words and using the other top-level domain names (TLD) like”.ly” or “.be” is still a very popular choice, and there are many companies who include a call-to-action in their domain name like “http://getpocket.com”

“.io” websites, which have wildly grown in popularity over the last year, use the ccTLD (country code top-level domain) for the Indian Ocean Territory. The .io TLD has serious “nerd allure” amongst developers, techies and hackers. “These new .io sites are almost artisanal in nature – small, well crafted and functional. It’s like a TLD for techies with taste” says entrepreneur Russell Beattie.

Stef Lewandowski, co-founder of Makeshift.io, which has launched appsattending.io, hiremyfriend.io and wrangler.io, says, “.io domains belong to the Internet artisans… at least that’s the vibe it has. We’ve managed to turn this little island in the Indian Ocean into a brand for the people who are making the Internet.”

The .io domain also references “input/output”, something that Courtney Boyd Myers, founder of audience.io was drawn to when naming her company, which manages the input and output of a startup’s audience. Cofounder ofGreenhouse.io Daniel Chait learned first-hand how tough it is to find a dotcom domain name that was functional and available, which is why he turned to a “.io” as well.

“The reality is that startups today need to look at other domains,” explains Chait. “It’s like the NYC real estate market; once an area gets ‘hot’ everyone moves in.” The icing on the cake for .io extensions is that Google recently started treating .io like a “generic” domain extension in search results.

Let’s take a look at 10 startups who got a bit creative with their domain name registration and shunned the “traditional” dot-com name for something a bit snazzier.

1. Listly

Listly is a content marketing tool that helps helping bloggers and publishers “take lists to the next level” by creating lists that are social, viral and constantly evolving. When launching Listly in 2011, co-founder Shyam Subramanyan says that “listly.com” wasn’t available, but they were okay with choosing an alternative. Opting for the often used “.ly” extension, they ended up with List.ly.

“We wanted a domain name that was shorter than listly.com anyways… it allows us to have more compact short link URLs for Listly lists,” said Subramanyan, also adding that “people [have] sometimes wondered if we are associated with a service outside the US”.

Due to this reason, Listly ended up acquiring Listly.com – but they kept the .ly extension. “Even though we have listly.com now, we still love being “listly” rather than “listly.com“.  That’s why you see listly.com redirect to list.ly,” says Subramanyan.

2. Loverly

Another company using the popular “.ly” extension is New York-basedLover.ly, a visual search engine for wedding planners, aiming to forever change the way brides plan their big day.

“I was obsessed with the book Pygmallion in high school and fell in love with Eliza Doolittle’s song Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” says founder Kellee Khalil. “Combine the word Loverly with a tech edge and you get Lover DOT ly!”

3. Grouper

Launched in New York City in 2011, joingrouper.com is a social club that sets up drinks between two groups of friends, then lets the sparks fly. The social events startup has spread to major cities in the US, and has just launched across the pond in London.

Why pick “joingrouper.com” rather than an alternative? “It has a natural call-to-action!” says Director of Operations Kristen Badal. The domain name choice just made sense for the community-focused company, says Badal. “We want new members to join the Grouper community and have an epic adventure with their friends, so it was an easy choice for us.”

4. Postachio

Called “one of the 15 best blogging and publishing platforms on the Internet today” and winner of the 2013 Evernote Dev Cup, British Columbia-basedPostach.io managed to jump on two startup-naming trends at once. The company has both misspelled “Pistachio” and shirked the dot-com. It seems not even the fact that “Pistach.io” was taken would deter them from having the name they wanted.

“[My co-founder] Gavin thought of it, but really knew we wanted a .io domain name with a [play on words]” says Postachio co-founder Shawn Adrian. “He woke up in the night and it just came to him… also, pistachios in Taiwan are called happy nuts, and in other cultures they’re reserved for royalty!”

A good luck charm, perhaps?

5. Believe.in

Believe.in is a UK-based startup that has just launched globally, making its social fundraising platform available to charities to the US, Canada, Ireland and Australia. So why choose the “.in” TLD?

“There is no science to naming. Names are as much the consequence of the most elegant distillation of one’s intent, product, or practice, as they are the survivors of feasibility,”  says founder Matthias Metternich. “Devising a name that is also memorable and concise in a connected world where we vie daily over those limited number of words we have presents further challenges yet.”

The well-chosen name is evokes mental connections with “believing in something” and putting your energy towards social good, which is exactly what Believe.in is trying to do.

6. Cover

Mobile payment app paywithcover.com is a New York-based company, like Grouper, who included a more distinct call-to-action in its domain name. Cover clearly explains the functionality of the app right in the URL – a seemingly effective strategy, as the startup just secured $1.5 million in seed funding.

“We decided to focus our energy on building our company instead of worrying about the URL. paywithcover.com is one of the first alternatives we thought of – it’s easy to remember and makes it clear what Cover is for,” says Andrew Cove, co-founder of Cover. “Not having the generic domain hasn’t affected our growth at all. No one is putting ‘cover’ into their browser expecting to find a restaurant-focused mobile payments app.

“Great restaurants and new customers find us in the App Store, in the press, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare.”

7. Lock8

Lock8.me, a current darling of the Berlin startup scene and winner of TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, decided on a “.me” extension rather than picking a dotcom. Lock8 has developed a smart bike lock, allowing you to locate and track your beloved bicycle via GPS in the case that it gets nicked by a would-be criminal. Lock8.me (“locate me!”) has a memorable domain hack that almost jumps off the page at you.

8. Import.io

In the case of Import.io, the domain name choice isn’t just about finding a dotcom alternative, it was about appealing to the right crowd. As mentioned earlier, using the ccTLD “.io” for your startup name is starting to become synonymous with “tools for techies”, and London’s Import.io does what it says on the tin.

Import.io is all about organizing, exporting and visualising your data. Earlier this year the company secured over $900K in a seed round.

9. Indievoic.es

Although extremely popular in Spain itself, up-and-coming crowdfunding platform indievoic.es chose to use the Spanish ccTLD for its domain hack. Hoping to become the “Kickstarter for Independent Media”, IndieVoic.es is a crowdfunding platform for everything from radio stations to blogs.

Singapore-based founder Sasa Vucinic has a passion for helping to establish free press in the developed world, so its main audience tends to be outside of the United States. Without a primarily US-based audience, they fare fine without a dot-com.

10. Headspace

Lastly, we’ve got London-based getsomeheadspace, another company who choose to use a clever call-to-action in its domain name. Though the company now also owns “headspace.com”, you’ll notice it redirects back to the original site.

Founded by a former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, Headspace is cashing in on the growing “mindfulness” industry, and has had impressive growth and coverage in major media outlets around the world, particularly in the lifestyle industry.

How to point your domain name to Nexcess nameservers

Notes

  • If your domain name is registered with a different registrar, it is not necessary for you to transfer the domain name to Nexcess. All you have to do is point the name servers for your domain name to the Nexcess name servers.
  • If you do not know who your domain provider is, you can use the Find Your Domain Provider tool.
  • Allow 24 – 72 hours after you have changed your domain’s name server information for your domain to be fully functional.

You will need to change your domain’s name server settings if:

  • Your domain is currently registered with a different provider (registrar).
  • You registered your domain name with Nexcess, but did not have/purchase a hosting plan with Nexcess at that time.

Prerequisites

  • A registered domain name.
  • The Nexcess name server information, provided on the Welcome Email that was sent to you when your service/domain was activated.

Instructions

The procedure for changing the name server settings varies, depending on the specific registrar that you used to register your domain.

When making the change, replace your current name server information with the appropriate Nexcess name server information provided in your Nexcess Welcome Email.

Example:

  • ns1.nexcess.net
  • ns2.nexcess.net

If you do not have your Nexcess name server information, contact the Nexcess Support Team.

  • If Nexcess is the registrar for your domain, follow the instructions under Nexcess/OpenSRS.
  • If a different provider is the registrar for your domain, follow the instructions under Other Registrars.

Nexcess/OpenSRS

If you registered your domain name with Nexcess (but did not have an existing – or purchase a new – hosting account with Nexcess at the time), follow the steps provided below. You will be instructed to log in to the the OpenSRS control panel to UNLOCK your domain, so that you can modify the name servers for your domain.

Attention: Your OpenSRS login information can be found on the Welcome Email that was sent to you when you registered your domain name.

  1. Log in to the OpenSRS control panel.
  2. Scroll down the page and then click on the Domain Locking link.
    The Domain Locking page will indicate in red text whether your domain is currently locked (enable) or unlocked (disable). The following example screen shows that a domain is locked.
  3. If your domain is currently set to Enable (locked), click the Disable option, and then click Submit.
    Now that your domain is unlocked, you can change the name server hostnames.
  4. At the top of the main page, click the Name Servers option.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the If you want to create or modify a name server based on domain name, click here link.
  6. Under the New HostName column, replace the current host names with the Nexcess host names.
  7. When finished, click Save Configuration.

Other registrars

If you registered your domain with a registrar other than Nexcess, follow the steps below.

  1. Log in to your account with the company (registrar) that registered your domain name.
  2. Contact the registrar’s Technical Support, or refer to their documentation, for instructions on how to relocate your domain from their name servers.