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If ICANN only charges 18¢ per domain name, why am I paying $10?

ICANN charges 18¢ per domain name registered regardless of its extension, but I pay $10 for a domain name per year with my registrar. What do domain name registrars do for its customers to justify ...
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Providing fake info during domain registration - does it matter?

As you are all most likely aware already all domain registrars ask for your personal information. Such personal information includes: Forename and surname Address information Email address ...
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My domain registrar has gone bankrupt but the domain is locked, what can I do?

My domain is registered through a company that has gone bankrupt. The domain status (according to the whois database) is: Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited ...
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Registrar with good security, DNS hosting, and DNSSEC and IPv6 resolvers?

I'm looking to move my domains away from GoDaddy, but I'm having a tough time finding anyone with comparable features at a (even remotely) similar price. I've looked at the usual suggestions ...
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What is the safest way to search for domain names availability?

I am victim of Domain name front running. I searched for domain names on some sites & I lost those names soon. Now, what is the safest way to search for availability of domain names ? Using ...
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Employee registered domain in his name and left.. now what?

My new client has the following problem: They had an employee (I.T. Dept) and who registered the company domain under his name john.doe@somecompany.co.za. Now John has since left the company and the ...
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How can I buy my own personalized Top Level Domain (TLD)?

Starting fomm tomorrow January/12/2012 I heard it's possible to apply for your own TLD i.e. .whatever in place of .com .org etc. I thought it would require a huge amount of money (I heard stories ...
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Can a registrar ransom a domain name which has become popular?

I am slightly paranoid about my domain name I have. I think the site I am building could have potential and take off in the future. I am worried though if the people I registered the domain name with ...
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How do I register a domain name, but keep who I am secret?

Over the years I've seen a number of owner proxy services, but have never used one, and have no idea if they work; or for that matter if there's any legal risk to using them, such as making easier to ...
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How to find domain registrar and DNS hosting with good DNSSEC support?

Simplified problem I want to buy a domain and make a website that is fully secured with DNSSEC. I want to make sure that only the one right SSL certificate could be validated by the browsers and all ...
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Why does the ICANN Registrar list show variants of the same company multiple times?

While browsing the ICANN list of accredited registrars: https://www.icann.org/registrar-reports/accredited-list.html I've noticed that a couple of companies are registered multiple times and multiple ...
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Should add my naked AND www domain as separate sites in Webmaster Tools

Just a quick question: In Google Webmaster tools I have my site set to set to www. and the naked domain. Do I need to add and verify the site for each variant or do I just keep it as the www and use ...
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Is it a bad idea to use a domain hack for my personal website name?

I want to create a personal webpage for info about myself (potentially for employment or other contact purposes), but the .com extension for my intended name is already taken. The name I want ends in ...
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How long is the redemption period on a domain?

There is a domain that I would like to buy that has a status as follows: Registry Status: redemptionPeriod I presume this means the current owner has a grace period during which they can repurchase ...
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How do I register two-letter domain names for URL shortening?

Some websites - mainly for URL shortening - have short domain names. Now my question is: how can I register two-letter domain names like aa.com or bb.in?
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How does Google find a domain with no links to it?

I recently registered a new domain, pointed it to my existing server, and set up a minimal page just saying "test" and nothing else. I just discovered tonight that the page is already indexed in ...
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Pros and cons of long-term domain registrations

What are the pros and cons for long-term domain registrations, such as 5 or 10 years? One benefit I can think of is locking-in the domain price. I can't really think of any cons (beyond just not ...
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What would happen to my domains if my domain provider company bankrupted

I am thinking to transfer all my domains to one registerer so that the control will be easy. But I am a little bit worried about the following question: what would happen to my domains if my domain ...
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What's the difference between cheap and expensive domain registrars?

A few years ago I registered a domain with Network Solutions. In recent years I've been using cheaper services such as namecheap, powerpipe etc. Every time that I need to renew some of the older ...
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Can I define the letter case of a Domain Name?

I want to purchase a second level domain (on the web platform Altervista.org) with the .com extension. Since within the domain verification process I can type characters in both upper and lower case ...
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What can I do to contact a domain owner?

A few months ago, I found a perfect .com domain name for a website I'm working on. Bad news: it was taken. Good news: It was set to expire on January 12, 2012. It's not a premium name or anything ...
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Under what circumstances is a website subject to United States laws?

I'm a Canadian student currently hosting a website using a German VPS service, which I want to put a forum on in the near future where users can submit content. However, all of my domains are .com, ...
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private domain registration

I have seen many people hide their personal details like address and phone number while registering a domain. Sometimes they pay for this private registration. So that their information doesn't ...
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Domain Name Expired, Will My Backorder Work?

I'm interested in a domain name that expired August 9, 2012 and backordered it a few months ago. When I check the status of the domain name, it is listed as "autoRenewPeriod". It has a new expiration ...
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Concerns regarding registering a domain name with a home address

If I purchase a domain, I'm usually required to enter an address. Usually, the address can be accessed publicly by any sort of WHOIS lookup. I'm uncomfortable publishing my real home address; what do ...
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reliable place to buy .io domains [closed]

I'm looking around trying to find a good place to buy .io domains. Suddenly, I think I'm surrounded by scammers, since .io domain providers websites, are really badly-designed and I am not feeling of ...
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Registering a .CA domain extension, when I'm not a Canadian citizen?

I want to register a domain name that has a .ca extension, but it's asking me if I am current Canadian citizen. What can happen to me if I lie about it and continue with registration?
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What to do if you are listed incorrectly as an administrative or technical contact for a domain?

I recently got a letter in the mail from one of those sketchy "website listing services" that offer to submit your website to search engines for a fee. Before throwing it away I noticed that the ...
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Does registering .uk domains require being a UK Citizen?

I'm a Canadian citizen and I'm looking to register a .uk domain for a future project of mines. I know that anyone can register a .co.uk domain, but I'm talking about the recently released .uk ...
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Does a longer registration length/period for a domain name improve its SEO and search ranking?

While I was renewing a domain of mine with a well-known domain registrar, the support person who was on call with me said that I'd improve the SEO ranking of my domain if I increased the registration ...
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Pros and Cons of Buying Common Website Mispellings

I own a website that is nicely short but somewhat easy to misspell. I would like to buy the three or four most common mispellings and redirect them all to my main page. Are there any major problems ...
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How do I get a .name domain name

There was a service which provided email aliases on .name domain, but it seem to be gone now, so I was thinking of actually getting a domain for myself (martin.toth.name sounds nice). Do I understand ...
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When does an expired domain become available for others to register?

I'm trying to purchase a domain name that was registered and apparently already expired. This is its status: Status: clientHold http://www.icann.org/epp#clientHold Status: clientTransferProhibited ...
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Can other domain registrars view non-public whois information?

If my domains are hosted at a registrar (lets take Gandi, for example) and it has privacy protection on the whois information, can another ICANN-accredited registrar (GoDaddy, for example) still view ...
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Can a company take my domain away from me?

I have a domain which coincidentally is the same name of a company. Is there any legal way in which this company can take my domain away from me?
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How do I go about getting hold of a domain name that Whois shows as expired, but domain registration sites show as “taken”?

There's a domain I'm interested in using, but it's never been worth paying the big bucks it would have taken to buy it off the squatters who bought it when the company it was originally used by folded ...
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How do register an emojii domain?

I am trying to register an emojii domain, like Panic did, but I can't seem to get the registrar to recognize the Unicode version of the emojii. Panic's domain is: http://xn--di8h.la/. I was trying to ...
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What secure domain registry services exist?

I'm using a domain registry service that only requires a username and password to log in. Are there any domain registry services that require a second factor in addition to a password?
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Can I make my site available world wide without renting a hosting server?

I know this question is basic but I am from iOS background and a beginner also. I need a clear conclusion on some of my confusion. I have gotten many answers to this question having contradiction. I ...
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Why Google says that “www.domain.com” is different from “domain.com”?

In Google webmasters tool, there is mentioned that www.domain.com is different from domain.com, and the webmaster is asked to get sure that the correct one is in action there to get the reports. Why ...
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.com domain registered offshore

I want to register a .com domain, without risking it being seized by America. Articles such as these worry me: http://www.wired.com/2012/03/feds-seize-foreign-sites/ ...
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Hiding whois information on GoDaddy registered domains

I have a few domains hosted at GoDaddy, and it's posting my address, phone number, and email address on my whois results. It looks like they charge an exorbitant $10/year for "private registration" ...
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Are there any .IR registration restrictions for the US?

Are there any restrictions on buying a .ir (IRAN) domain from the US? Would I be violating any laws?
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How to handle domain squatter?

What is the best way to handle domain squatters? I know this topic has been discussed before, but I haven't found anything that was addressing my specific case. The situation: I am creating a website ...
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domain name hijacked by my hosting provider with dubious invoicing practice

Over 12 months ago I purchased a domain name and hosting package from a hosting company. Before the 12 months was up i was sent a single invoice for the same amount as I had paid for the preceding 12 ...
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Can any domain register support any TLD if domain is transferred there?

There are some domain registers out there that support certain TLD's that others do not. My question, is can you register a domain with a special TLD at one register and then transfer the domain name ...
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How can I obtain a domain that is abandoned?

There is a particular domain name that I'm interested in, but when you enter the domain in a browser the browser says "Domain has no index file", which doesn't appear to be a browser message, but a ...
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Recover Domain from Failed Company

I have an old client who wanted to transfer hosting companies. However, the company he has managing his domain has gone under and won't respond to phone calls or emails, and their account manager is ...
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Advantages of purchasing a domain & hosting before website is developed

I have seen many website owners who have purchased the domain & a hosting provider before the website is online. These websites generally says "Website coming soon".. I know that you need to ...
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How to register a single character SLD

Most of the major registrars have a 3 character minimum for second-level domains. However, I know that it's possible to register them. (a.cc, o.co) You can even register single character unicode ...