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YOUR DOMAIN NAME IS INCLUDED AT NO EXTRA COST!

FAQ - Domain Registration

MY DOMAIN NAME IS INCLUDED?

Yes – we bundle all core services in an easy to manage straightforward package. We handle the registration and domain name system (DNS) settings.

ARE ALL DOMAIN NAME EXTENSIONS INCLUDED FOR FREE?

The more popular domain extensions (.com, .net, .org, .info, etc.) are included free, but some extensions require an upgrade charge. We are able to register hundreds of different domain extensions, so this is something we can discuss at the consultation if interested.

CAN I REGISTER ANY DOMAIN EXTENSION?

Most extensions are available to anyone – in fact, even most country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) are available for anyone to purchase, even if they don’t reside in the country in question. However, there are some domain extensions that have restrictions. For example, .gov, .edu, and .mil can only be registered if you meet certain criteria or have authorization.

IS THERE A LIMIT ON HOW LONG OR SHORT MY DOMAIN CAN BE?

Yes, there is a limit to domain length. The minimum length of a domain name is 1 character, while the maximum length is 63 characters.

IS MY REGISTRATION INFORMATION POSTED PUBLICLY?

Registrar agreements with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) state that the contact and registrant information listed for domain names must be made public. Using false information is a violation and can lead to the termination of the domain name’s registration.

For your protection and privacy, we use our business contact information in the public records by default. You retain complete ownership of the name, and we will modify contact information as requested.

CAN I REGISTER MY DOMAIN MYSELF ELSEWHERE?

We provide managed website services, so we require all domain registrations (or transfers) to go through our systems so we can modify the settings as needed, and to ensure timely renewals.

WHO OWNS THE DOMAIN NAME?

As long as the registration remains current, you own the domain name.

WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME?

Your domain name is central to your company’s identity and online presence. It is your website’s address on the Internet – our domain name is hyperquad.com. If available, you can register your company name, or any number of descriptors that make your business identifiable. When your potential site visitors type your domain name into a web browser, the domain name works behind the scenes to access where your website resides and then shows your site to the viewer.

WHAT ARE SOME CONSIDERATIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS WHEN SELECTING A DOMAIN NAME?

It is very important to be mindful of how accurately your domain name will reflect your brand and business, and how memorable it is to your target audience. Here are some general recommendations:

Keep the spelling of your domain straightforward and easy to remember. Ideally it is easy to type correctly, for example if you opt to use slang (ur instead of your) or modify the spelling of something (kars instead of cars), it could be more difficult for your site to be found. Similarly, though you could have a domain name that is 63 characters long, the general consensus is the shorter the better.

Consider too how important key words are in search engine placement. Including keywords in your domain name that describe your business/services can help you place higher in the search engines, or at least be more marketable in the sense that the domain itself gives an idea of what you offer. Keywords could also be location-specific, like including “Dallas” in your domain – but be careful of limiting your perceived market if you actually provide services to a larger geographical location.

Get creative! The need for catchy domain names is even more important today, when there are millions of registered domains. Run it by a friend or family member to make sure it makes sense and sounds appealing.

Choose which extension works best for your type of business or specific purpose – the .com domain is certainly the most popular, but it also has the least amount of availability. Over time many new top-level extensions have become available, like .info, .me, .photography, etc., and helps you get the best possible domain for your situation.

Consider NOT using numbers or hyphens (dash). Numbers can be confused with letters, like ‘0’ for ‘o’, or even whether or not it is spelled out, 7 versus seven. Hyphens can be misplaced or forgotten. If there is a pressing need for using numbers or hyphens, consider having us register multiple variations and have them all forward to your website. In fact, it is also generally suggested that to protect your brand, you should purchase various domain extensions, as well as misspelled versions of your domain name to help prevent competitors from registering other versions and ensures your customers are directed to your website, even if they mistype it.

Finally, though it is important to register your domain name ASAP to prevent someone from getting it before you (it happens!), it’s a good idea to research the name you are considering to make sure it isn’t trademarked or copyrighted. This will help avoid costly legal trouble in the future.