The DomainHELP experts work in the industry and demystify the byzantine and Kafka-esque world of domain names and DNS.

Steps involved in a .COM, .NET or .ORG domain transfer (and now .CA as well)

By , April 22, 2010

(These steps in transferring a .COM, .NET or .ORG domain to a new registrar also apply to .BIZ and .INFO or any domain within a Top Level Domain that runs on EPP)

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The steps involved in a .CA domain transfer

By , April 22, 2010

Please Note: As of October 2010 the .CA Registry has changed to using the EPP Registry Protocol.

As such, the .CA Transfer process is now very similar to the process for transferring for .com, .net or .org domains.

  • Get theĀ Auth Code for your domain from the “losing registrar side”
  • Initiate the transfer on the gaining side.

Contrary to .COM/.NET/.ORG transfers, the .CA transfer also happens instantly.

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How can I park or monetize my domain names?

By , April 22, 2010

Domain parking refers to monetizing otherwise unused domain names via pay-per-click advertising.

There are numerous companies that exist soley to monetize “parked” domains in this manner. Most domain registrars “park” their customers’ idle and unused domains and monetize them, often keeping the revenues for themselves.

If you have domain names simply “parked” with your registrar, you may decide you want to monetize them yourself. If you do, you need to select a domain parking company and then configure your domains so that web traffic to them goes to the parked page provider’s system.

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When the internet doesn't see an update to your zonefile

By , April 22, 2010

Every once in awhile we see a situation where somebody changes the IP address one of their hostname (A records) points at and the rest of the world still sees the old address.

Common causes of this include:

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What to do if your domain name or mailserver IP is listed in a DNS blacklist somewhere

By , April 22, 2010

You find yourself in a situation where email you send from your domain is being rejected by some remote mail servers with a message that your domain is listed in a DNS based blacklist.

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How do I point "www.domain.com" at "domain.com" or vice-versa?

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By , April 22, 2010

You may have your webserver setup for either www.example.com or just example.com and you want it to work either way, whether people type in the “www” part of your domain or not.

(By way of info, “www” is purely a convention, it isn’t in itself necessary to “make your domain work” over the web).

There are a couple ways to do this:

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Somebody is sending spam with my domain name in it!

By , April 22, 2010

Sooner or later, this happens to almost everybody: you own a domain name and suddenly you start getting weird email bounce messages and you realize the unthinkable: somebody has sent out an email spam with your domain in the message “From” headers! What to do?

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Somebody is emailing me an offer to buy my domain, what do I do?

By , April 22, 2010

The domain aftermarket is very active. Many registrants registered quality names many years ago and never actually did anything with them (not even by monetizing them via domain parking).

These domains attract all kinds of players out of the woodwork. Including:

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What is a domain's auth code and why do I need it?

By , April 22, 2010

Domains in the .com, ,net, .org, .biz and .info TLDs (aka .CNOBI) use a registry protocol called “EPP” to communicate between the registrars and registry.

Under this protocol, a domain “auth code” is a small random code assigned to each domain name and is required in order for a domain name to be transferred from one registrar to another.

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Home How do marketers and spammers get my personal information after I register a domain name?

By , April 22, 2010

It never fails: somebody registers their first domain name and within 24 hours they’re getting unsolicited email in their inbox and eventually more marketing material via postal mail.

What happened?

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