Thursday, September 11, 2008

Domains and Registrars

Am not sure if you've run into this, but I have over the past week with a provider who has a very interesting control panel built for their clients. It's limited in nature and the interesting part of it is that like a very LARGE domain registrar that everyone used to use before Godaddy, these guys took out that feature that easily allows you to move your domain from one registrar to another should you wish to do so.

It's called holding your domain captive and you should be aware of it. One of the things that I really love being a reseller for Godaddy through my site www.snagadomain.com which is a www.docmurdock.com company is that you as a client have the flexibility to decide when you want to move your domain or not.

If you want to move it you can, the only caveat is that you cannot purchase it and move it right away due to some restrictions on immediate moves, but...you can when the time comes move it and never have to call the support people and hear how they'd like to keep you as a client etc and that you should have to pay the higher prices they offer because of the services, etc...it's almost like listening to a broken record :) yes, I know I am dating myself here.

So wherever you're going to be registering your domain, make sure that they offer you flexibility when you're moving your domains away from the. Most will require you to make a phone call and engage with them. That means if you call when they are closed, you have to call them back and be at their mercy.

We offer you flexibility and can also offer you a speedy transfer once your other registrar releases your domain.

The infamous authorization code is where they hold you hostage. A series of codes is needed to move a domain:

1. transaction id
2. security code
3. authorization code

These are all designed to protect you, but you should have full access to number 3 and be able to request it on your own. With us you can, with the others you generally can't. They have to do it for you. This is a major inconvenience.

So it's something to be aware of and look out for.

I hope you find this information helpful.

Michael Murdock