Where in the world can you find cheap domain names? Is it really important? Did you really buy a domain for $0.99 OR is that a bate-and-switch tactic? A TRUE value for a domain isn't necessarily based on price alone, and let me tell you why...
What to look for
There are a few things that you should keep in mind, when you are planning to purchase a domain. I could elaborate on each of these, but will try to keep it short.
Unfortunately, most domain registrars make it hard to figure out exactly what their fees are up front. For example, some domain registrars will charge you a low introductory price, but your renewal price will be much higher or they will increase prices the following year. Some wont show you a price until you have logged in and or created an account. Or, they charge an additional fee of $9.99 for WHOIS Privacy but they don't tell you that up front. Some even charge for access to the domain's DNS settings, so you have to pay to point it elsewhere. They will frequently advertise one price, but by the time you add in all these other fees or 'pricing add-ons' as some would say, you end up being nickel-and-dimed to death!
Oh, and be aware of Resellers... They are literally charging you more (more times than not) for the same domain if you would have purchased it through the registrar they use to register the domain. There are over 1000 Accredited Domain Registrars in the world(accredited by ICANN), as for resellers there only that many more x10, I'm sure! So, beware.
If you host your domain where you manage the domain's website you may not care if you pay an additional $3.00 or $5.00 as long as you have access to features you need and you can manage the domain and website in the same account under one login. But in the long run, or with multiple domains, you are only wasting money if you are paying double or triple what you could be paying to register your domain.
I personally have moved away from using Register.com, Godaddy and I'm even in the process of moving away from Google Domains for managing the 20+ domains I own. My choice, and go to, is Namesilo. Take a look at their Pricing/Comparison page. $8.99 for .com domain registrations and they provide FREE WHOIS Privacy (Renewals are $8.99 as well). Nothing against Google, at $12 a year, but $3 x 20 = $60 in savings every year and my collection of domains is only growing!
$8.99 a year!.. Want better?
You can use one of the coupon codes below, to get an additional $1.00 off.
**If you have a domain, a domain you registered more than 60 days ago, and you want to transfer your domain to Namesilo, no problem, you can take advantage of the coupon as well.
In the end, no matter what registrar you choose, make sure that you read the fine print and know what you are getting into, so you don't end up regretting it later.
If you had a domain name that you have lost, that has recently expired or you are trying to scoop up before anyone else is able to purchase it, and you are afraid that you are going to lose out on the opportunity to get it, please contact me as soon as possible and I might be able to grab it for you!
Have you ever forgot to renew your domain registration, and didn't realize that it was expired until it was too late to get it back? If so, you can certainly understand how frustrating that can be! And on top of that, trying to purchase the domain, once it does become available for purchase again, before somebody else purchases it, can be next to impossible!
Unfortunately, I have seen too many times where the domain was 'caught' by a domain broker, that in essence holds the domain hostage for a large ransom amount. If you're lucky, they'll only be asking for a few hundred dollars (if you can consider that lucky).
If the domain was registered for multiple years prior to its expiration date, or there is a high volume of traffic and value to the domain, the cost will likely be in the tens of thousands (that's $10,000.00 +). When a large corporation loses their domain it could cost millions of dollars!
These Domain Brokers watch for domains that have expired and are in the pendingDelete state. The pendingDelete status tells them that the domain is about to be released and will become available within a few days.
Here's an example of a domain that is for sale, from a domain broker,
that is holding one of my personal friends domains hostage.
It's been this way for a few years now, and it wasn't a big company.
So how do you know if a domain is "pending renewal deletion"?
You can use this service to check the Status:
Note that, the Status of the domain registration should be "pendingDelete"
(as shown in the screenshot above)
*I will not hold the domain hostage(available in writing)
*There would be a 60 day waiting period before it can be transferred directly to you(per ICANN Rules)
*This would require a small, nonrefundable, fee
I should also note, that if I successfully purchase the domain for you we can certainly get it pointed in the right direction, so the domain can be used by you, until it can be transferred directly to you.
You might ask;
Well Jeff, why are you doing this for people?
It's simple! I do not like to see ANYONE being taken advantage of.
I enjoy helping people and businesses who are in need, immensely!
Jeff, how are you able to do this?
I have a little secret, that I am not at liberty to share with you. Sorry!
If you have any questions, or you would like to get started, please contact me today!
If you have visited a few of the longer pages of my site, you've probably noticed that as you scroll down a tiny button appears in the lower right corner(the arrow button) that when clicked, will scroll you back up to the top of the page you are on.
It is called the 'Back to Top' App. If you haven't seen it before, it can be found on this page by scrolling down slightly. For those of you who are Weebly users, it's an element that I have added to the blog sidebar so it appears on the blog page, and every blog post.
It looks something like this:
As you can see from the screenshot above and the button I have on my page, the Back to Top button can be customized. Currently there are 40 different arrow types that you can use, but it's also got a number of other features as well.
Here are a list of Features:
I think that I should be quick to point out, for my fellow Weebly friends, the element can easily be added to any page of your site (I usually add the 'Element' at the very top of the page so it's easy to find in the Weebly editor). When adding the element to a blog page, you would want to add it to the sidebar. If you wanted the arrow to appear on every page of your website, the easiest thing to do would be to add it to the Footer.
You can view a demo here:
(note: the demo does not include all of the features) Things like; Positioning the Button, the Hover colors, Control when Button Shows, when it Fades In and Out and Scroll Speed are not demoed.
Back to Top Element
Have you been looking for a way to add a border around the content of your Weebly site?
Check out the Border Box Element!
The Border Box Element allows you to add a background and a border around elements. Drag any of the content elements into the Border Box to make your content stand out!
Every day, we learn from the things that others do. In one way or another, whether right or wrong, we take what we see and use that information when making our own choices in life. We look to our elders and we ask our peers. What would they do? And with the web at our fingertips you can 'Google' just about anything or watch a video on YouTube on How To:.. So, why should building a website be any different?
If you are the do-it-yourself type, there are a number of places on the web where you can find helpful information for building your website. With this, I'll try to point out at least a few basic facts, maybe some unknowns and a couple of links to get you pointed in the right direction. If you need help with building your website, there are also a number of services and people such as myself that can help you with your individual needs. (So don't hesitate to Contact Me)
If it isn't immediately obvious, I've used Weebly to build my site so the examples are going to revolve around Weebly and their website builder. If you're not using Weebly don't fret, as I've noted above you can take the information found here and apply it to your own website.
Three Basic Factors
How many pages should you create?
In most cases, no-one really wants to restrict access to their website. If you want your website visible to the general public, and you want people to be able to contact you via your website, you certainly can't restrict access to your contact page. This idea dramatically changes when somebody repeatedly spams your contact forms or blog posts. If you have been a victim of receiving spam messages on your website, you are probably thinking; "I know exactly what you mean!"
In my search to see what I could do to help my client stop the hundreds of spam contact form submissions they were receiving, I learned that blocking an IP Address can only really be done if you are using a "server-side language", such as PHP, something that can't be used on a lot of web builders such as Weebly.
The good news is, there are services out there that can provide you with an embeddable code that will work, by simply copying the code that they provide and pasting it into the <Head> code section of the site, or page.
Well, I found a solution. One that not only worked, but it also provides a few other features that can be helpful. Like the ability to direct blocked users away from your website, to somewhere like Google.com
The IP Address Approval system will work with a number of website builders such as Blogger, Wordpress, Squarespace, Wix and Weebly, to name a few.
And what more, you can block IP Addresses, for free. (Read More)
By: Jeffrey T. Kastner