What to Look for in a Web Host?

What to Look for in a Web Host?

When you set up your small business Web site, chances are you won’t be creating and maintaining your pages on your own Web server. Instead, you probably will be using a Web hosting service — a third party that sells you space on its Web servers where your site will reside. It’s important to choose a host wisely. The service that your Web host provides will have a direct impact on how customers view your site. Select an unreliable host, and potential customers might get turned off by slow access times, pages that don’t load, or orders that don’t go through. The tips below are intended to help you select the best host for your site and get the most out of your Internet budget:

Choose a business host

When you’re evaluating potential Web site hosts, make certain that they allow commercial sites on their servers. Some sites only offer room for personal Web sites and are strict in their no-business-allowed policy. If you try to sneak a business site past them, they can quickly close your site down. Others will allow you to post your business site, but will fix limits on the amount of traffic you can generate or the size of your site. If your site becomes too popular, they may ask you to move to another host. As a rule, look for hosts that actively encourage business use, since they are in the best position to serve you as your site grows. These hosts will often offer a variety of different plans based on typical business use, and may even have discount programs or special deals to lure companies such as yours.

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Domain Registrar (Client) & Registry (Server) Status Codes

Certain registrars permit registrants to control one or more registrar (client) status codes. The following status codes, also known as registrar locks, are of particular importance to registrants:

clientTransferProhibited. When set, the registry will not allow a registrar to accept a transfer of the domain name away from the sponsoring registrar. Certain registrars automatically keep the clientTransferProhibited status set on domain names and registrants use a third party authorization process between the “transfer-from” registrar, the “transfer-to” registrars and the registry to protect against unauthorized transfers.

clientUpdateProhibited. When set, the registry will not make changes to the registration details of the domain name. Certain registrars automatically unlock and re-lock this status when a registrant has successfully logged into a domain account. Other registrars allow registrants to unlock and re-lock this status through a domain management interface.

clientDeleteProhibited. When set, the registry will reject requests to delete a domain name from the registry.

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Domain Name Points of Contact Considerations

In all generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and most country code TLDs (ccTLDs), registrants are required to provide three points of contact when registering a domain name. The registrant is the individual or entity on record as having registered the domain. The other contacts are role contacts:

  • A technical contact is responsible for technical matters related to a domain, such as DNS operation;
  • An administrative contact has authority to represent the registrant to the registrar in administrative matters; and
  • A billing contact is responsible for payment and financial matters.

These points of contact are critically important. At most registrars, these points of contact have authority to make certain changes to registration information, including name server information for DNS operations.

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Protection Against Unauthorized Domain Account Access

Protect account credentials. Registrants are encouraged to manage access account credentials for registrar accounts according to a policy based on these common practices:

  • Maintain a list of authorized contacts for each domain registration account;
  • Advise authorized contacts that they are responsible for keeping secret the account credentials for domain registration accounts, and that they must not disclose or share passwords;
  • Identify measures authorized contacts must take should they discover that credentials have been disclosed;
  • Authorized contacts must compose passwords used to access a registration account using applicable organizational policies and commonly recognized best practices for composition (e.g., length and complexity), re-use, and longevity;
  • Alternatively, if the registrar supports a form of multi-factor authentication (e.g., a hardware or software token), authorized contacts must keep the token safe from loss, damage, or unauthorized use;
  • Use different credentials for each account;
  • Partition particularly sensitive or important domain registrations into an account whose credentials are held by more senior personnel;
  • Securely escrow all registration account credentials;
  • Define and implement a recovery process with detailed auditing;
  • Define the circumstances where recovery is permitted, who has authority to recover credentials from escrow, and who is to be notified when escrowed credentials are accessed;
  • Changes in personnel authorized as contacts for a registrar account should cause new credentials to be created and old credentials to be revoked. (This may require coordination with a registrar, i.e., in cases where the registrant intends to change the user account identifier.); and
  • Employee resource management processes such as employee termination and employee transfer should be modified to check if the employee has domain registration account access. The processes could be modeled after similar checks for employee access to other assets, such as financial accounts.

These policies can be implemented as part of a large organization’s workflow. They can be implemented by an individual or smaller organization using methods as simple as a checklist, ledger or desktop password security application.

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Risk Management and Domain Names

Operationally, domain names are user-friendly identifiers that can be resolved using the DNS to determine the Internet (IP) addresses of hosts that provide services for that domain (e.g., web, mail, social networks, voice, etc.). The operational value of a domain name in use – specifically, the assurance that name resolution is highly available and that names in a domain consistently resolve as intended – is of extreme importance to most registrants. Consequently, domain name registrations should be considered as an asset and therefore included in business processes such as asset management, provisioning and risk management programs.

Models for asset management, provisioning and risk management typically include the following considerations:

  • Identify the value of an asset (tangible or intangible);
  • List the ways in which that value is threatened (loss, theft, misuse);
  • Determine how the threat can be realized, i.e., what makes the domain name vulnerable to attack or exploitation;
  • Determine the probability or risk that each threat poses;
  • Determine how the risk can be mitigated or reduced;
  • Determine the cost of mitigating or reducing the risk to an acceptable level of risk and cost; and
  • Determine the appropriate budget/priority and implement risk mitigation or reduction.

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Can I renew my domain name after it expires?

Can I renew my domain name after it expires?

In many cases, yes. It depends upon your domain name’s extension and its registry rules.

If the registry for your domain name extension allows it, we hold your expired domain name for a few days waiting for you to renew it. For many domain name extensions (such as .com, .net, and .org) there is a grace period allowing you to renew the domain name after expiration without penalty. After the grace period for these extensions, you must pay a redemption fee plus the cost of regular renewal if you want to keep the domain name.

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New names, new opportunities

New names, new opportunities

Until November 7, 2013, there were just 22 domain extensions including .COM, .NET and .ORG. Eventually there will be 700+ new extensions specific to your industry, interest, city or region. For the first time, there will also be domain extensions in non-Latin characters — Arabic, Chinese and languages based on the Cyrillic alphabet.

Why are new domain extensions being created?
After nearly 30 years, it’s hard to find a good web address because many of the best domains are taken. ICANN*, the non-profit body that governs the Internet, has authorized the creation of hundreds of new domain extensions to increase your choices and encourage innovation.

Improve your chances – Follow your favorites!
Pre-registration for the first of the new domains began in November 2013, with others to follow over the next two years. To give yourself the best chance of getting the right website address, Follow the one you want.

What’s in it for you

Attract new customers.
Hundreds of targeted domains – .MENU, .NYC, .CLUB, .SHOP, .企业 (enterprise) – are headed your way. With more domain extensions available, you can finally get a domain that tells people exactly what you do. Even reach customers where you do business with a domain that specifies your city or region. Continue reading “New names, new opportunities”

Domain Name is the Master Key to Good Branding

Domain Name is the Master Key to Good Branding

Sites like Google.com, Microsoft.com and Enmain.com are excellent domain names. These websites and other in its ranks have one thing in common, good domain names. To coin a good domain name, these days, is not an easy task. No good domain names are available. So how does one set out on a safe voyage in search of a good domain name? Why is a good domain name important? What are the things to consider when choosing a domain name?

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Best Practices: Domain Name

Best Practices: Domain Name

Domain names are the human-readable Internet addresses of websites. Root domains, which are identified by their domain names, have extensions such as .com, .net, .org, etc. (Ex. http://www.example.com) Subdomains are a lower-level component of a root domain and precede the domain name. (Ex. http://subdomain.domain.com).

Top Tips

Word Separators
Avoid hyphens. Hyphens detract from credibility and can act as a spam indicator.

Top-Level Domain (TLD)
Top-level domains (like .com) are the extensions associated with domain names. For best ranking results, avoid uncommon top-level domains (TLDs). Like hyphens, TLDs such as .info, .cc, .ws, and .name are spam indicators.

Length
Avoid domain names longer than 15 characters. Short domain names are easier to remember, easier to share, and have a smaller chance of resulting in typos.

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Overview of Domain Name Dispute Policies

Overview of Domain Name Dispute Policies

Know Your Policy
Domain name disputes are not governed by our Code of Procedure. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), NeuStar, ICM Registry and New.net sponsor the policies that govern domain name disputes – the FORUM simply administers the dispute resolution process on their behalf. The appropriate policy for a disputed domain name is primarily determined by the domain name’s extension.

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What is Managed Domain Name Portfolio?

What is Managed Domain Name Portfolio?

Enmain premium domain name management services enable you to efficiently and cost-effectively manage and protect your global domain name portfolio in an increasingly competitive online marketplace.

Our specialist services are tailored to your unique requirements and market environment, giving you the benefit of our industry expertise and global reach while reducing the burden on your marketing, legal and technical personnel.

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The detailed history of .NET

The detailed history of .NET

.net was one of the original top-level domains (the other five being .com, .edu, .gov, .mil and .org) which were implemented in January 1985.

Prior to the introduction of these TLDs, the Internet was largely a project managed by universities and scientists who used it for communication and research. However, as more people began to use this network, electronic communications became more difficult to manage – at times, when mail loads became so heavy, people were asked to stop using their connections.

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