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Finding the right domain name is the first step in building a website that people return to time and time again. Buying a good domain will inevitably boost your online presence, and therefore boost your success as a business or blog. Although it may seem like an investment of time as well as finances to build up a good domain, it's worth the effort. Content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress offer a good platform to build up a blog – IONOS offers a WordPress CMS package, which includes a free domain for the first few months to get you started.
Two more options to help you get you on your feet may be a one-page website package, or a website builder – both of these are services offered by IONOS:
- The one-page website is really the first step in building your online presence, allowing you to gain experience in the online world, as well as link your business to Google's My Business quickly and easily. The one-page packages are simple and have a load of preset layouts for you to choose from, making setup very easy. This is recommended for people starting out with their first online projects.
- The second option is a website builder package. This package is suitable for those who want a project with at least two subpages, and is therefore a little more sophisticated. Those who want to be able to control and adapt their website in a competitive field will find a website builder to be ideal.
- Classic domain extensions work for both options, as well as country specific extensions to build up local relevance. nTLD domain names such as .design, .business, or the eye-catching .nyc are good, .business especially in the case of a website builder package. There's often confusion surrounding the nTLDs, and it's good to know that the TLDs that imply a geographical reference are classified as generic top-level domains by Google. For those who opt for website builder packages, it may be worth registering more than one domain extension, especially the classic extensions such as .com, as many users will remember this one better than the nTLDs – if you own the .com version but prefer the nTLD, you can always set up domain forwarding to avoid competition from other websites.
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A domain can be registered for up to five years in one go. It's a good idea to register your domain for as long as possible, first of all so you can put your mind at ease and have one less thing to think about, but secondly so you protect yourself against domain grabbing, in which other people register internet domains with the intention of selling them for more money rather than using them themselves. Domain grabbers target unprotected terms, but are still an inconvenience if you have to buy the domain you want for more money. Cybersquatting is more malicious, in which squatters concentrate on established trademarks and brands with the aim of selling the rights to their proper owner for a fee. This is why it's important to renew your domain in time, and to register it for as long as possible.
Furthermore, the damages incurred by losing your domain to someone whether via squatting, grabbing or an innocent mistake, are immense. Visitors may perceive your site to be less reliable than others if it's down for a longer period of time, or relocates to a new domain that they can't find. A good solution to this issue is to ensure that your domain gets auto-renewed at its point of expiry. This is the default setting with IONOS, meaning you don't have to change anything to ensure your domain stays yours.
Expired domains are often overlooked, but they may already have good backlinks and a lot of SEO work behind them. Always make sure you're not snatching a domain that the previous owner actually still wanted, but if an old domain is truly available again it might be worth looking into – just make sure it's worthwhile, and not associated with an old, untrustworthy business, for example.
The IONOS shop offers certain domains at reduced prices for new customers. This is ideal to minimize the costs of getting up and running. You may have noticed that some nTLDs are more expensive than others, or classic TLDs in general. This is because nTLDs allow popular domains which have already been claimed to be opened again with the new extension. Although the registration fee for an nTLD may decrease over the next few years, buying the extension from someone who has it will become more expensive. For example, an exact match domain name will become more expensive as people become aware of its value. Furthermore, the domain name you want may be taken if you wait for too long – act quickly to avoid missing out.
Premium domains are already registered, and cost more than a usual domain registration, because they are perceived to have a higher value. But why invest in a premium domain? Like expired domains, these domains may already be SEO optimized, be keyword-rich, and contain backlinks. Furthermore, you may get the exact name you want, and add authenticity to your new project. In order to sell the domain, the owner will set a price at a marketplace like SEDO or Afternic, and those who want to buy the domain can head there to see the listing. These domains can cost thousands, but if you find the perfect domain, you'll thank yourself down the line for making a good investment.
When registering your domain, make sure you take the renewal price into account. Is the renewal price for a flashy nTLD too high to be sustainable? On the other hand, you might be able to afford further domains, due to their lower registration and renewal costs. You must pay for the renewal for each domain, so it's worth making sure you know what fees are waiting for you down the line – the fees can be found in the comparison table above.
The internet corporation for assigned names and numbers (ICANN) charges a fee of $0.18 per year for each domain that is registered, renewed or transferred. One-year registration costs $0.18, and accordingly, five-year registration costs $0.90.
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Here is our step-by-step guide for all the things you need to do when registering with us:
- if the domain contains invalid characters, or
- if it is already claimed
- a. Secure your domain name across the board
- b. Identify domain extensions that are already taken
- c. Consider whether you want to compete with the one that is already taken, or come up with a new domain name.
4. Verify your order for details such as
- a. the domain's expiration date
- b. how long you've bought it for
c. how many domains you're planning to claim
6. Choose your payment method and purchase your domain, then you're ready to go.
Hint: As an existing customer, you can always add new domains if you need to by visiting the IONOS control panel and clicking "add new domain" from the domains drop-down menu.
Subdomains are useful for dividing your website into different categories. Here is a quick overview of some of the possible categories and advantages:
Target geographical areas, or language groups.
For example, if your website is in English and Spanish, a subdomain may be used to indicate that this section of your website will be in Spanish, and not English – instead of just domainname.com, es.domainname.com is used.
If your website offers a variety of different services or products, you can create a subdomain for each one, for example: smartphone.domainname.com, or blog.domainname.com.
Having a separate subdomain for logins or account pages on your website is a useful way of organizing your site, both for your clients as well as for yourself.
By using a subdomain, you'll be able to track the success of your website more specifically, by being able to see which exact area is doing well and where there's room for improvement.
Importance for SEO
Subdomains are quite a useful tool for SEO, and although subdirectory and subdomain optimization is not as significant for successful SEO as it was a few years ago, it's still worth doing. For example, you can insert keywords into your subdomain URL where they don't make sense in your main one. Furthermore, you can build up your website's authority in a smaller, niche market because subdomains are seen as their own entity. This will help boost the authority of your main domain too. It's helpful to have the option for several subdomains, because several subdomains also increase your chances of being visible in search engine results. IONOS offers 10,000 free subdomains with any domain name registration – a good number to get your website kicked off!
You can set up your IONOS email address quickly and easily by visiting the IONOS control panel and selecting "create new email user." It's also possible to upgrade your mailbox features here in case you need more than the 2GB complimentary email storage.
At this point, you'll be informed that your domain already exists; simply select 'transfer' and then enter the authentication code you'll receive from your former provider.
Make sure you have created backups of all your site's files, plus any databases or email accounts with your former domain provider before you initiate the transfer. This data will not transfer automatically with the domain. You should also copy your previous DNS settings and subdomains with that domain. There's no rush- as an existing IONOS customer you can easily transfer your domain from another provider at any time.
Transferring domains to IONOS
This almost instantaneous directing process allows your browser to access and load websites. Like IONOS, most hosting providers automatically assign DNS records upon domain name registration. In some cases, you may wish to keep your registered domain with one company, but have your website's files and email accounts stored on a different hosting server.
This is called a DNS transfer, and can be arranged within a couple of days. You may wish to alter your DNS records if your domain registration was completed with an expensive hosting company. In this case, you can keep your registered domain but switch to a more affordable hosting provider such as IONOS. For an in depth introduction to DNS, including how to complete a DNS transfer with us, please visit the Help Center.
Setting up a newsletter connected to your IONOS email only takes a few seconds. Start by setting up the IONOS Email Marketing. First, log in to the tool from your IONOS Control Panel, and choose the domain and email address from which you'd like to send your newsletter. After this step you can draft the messages that will be sent out once they sign up.
You can send custom welcome messages, remind readers to come back to your site, inform them of updates or special offers, and set up a polite farewell message should they choose to unsubscribe. Setting up the IONOS Email Marketing is intuitive, and will help your business or personal blog thrive from day one.
The domain name registration process, however, is normally handled by hosting companies like IONOS that order domains on your behalf. Choosing one of IONOS's hosting packages means we take care of your domain registration, and you never have to worry about contacting a registry regarding your domain name.
No matter which hosting company you choose, you'll always maintain full control of the domain name that you have in the registry's database. That means you can also initiate a domain transfer to IONOS at any time — even if you purchased your domain elsewhere. With IONOS as your host, you'll benefit from our competitive prices and seamless registration service from the moment you sign up.
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