Registering Your Domain Name
Registering your domain name is an important step in getting your web site online. Your domain name should reflect your business name or describe your business. Consider the following when registering a domain name.
A shorter domain name may be better. Most people don't want to type a long domain name. If your business name is long, consider registering a shorter version your company's name as your domain name. The shorter version of your domain name could contain the first letter of each word in your company name. You may also want to register the complete name of your business to keep competitors from registering the name and diverting business from you to them.
If the domain name you want is not available, you can use a hyphen between words. There are advantages and disadvantages to using hyphens. Customers may forget to type the hyphen(s) but search engines will be able to read each word of your domain name and use it to return your site as a match. Consider using hyphens if the non-hyphenated version of your domain name is not available and you are unable to find a domain name that suits your business.
You may search for your domain name here or contact us and let us help you choose a domain name that will promote your business. The most important reason for allowing us to register your domain name is that we will maintain the information in your domain record so you won't have to. If you don't understand DNS, MX, SPF and A-records, you may want to have us register your domain name for you and we will update those key components for you.
When registering a domain name, we suggest you also register the .info, .net, .org, .us, and .biz names as well. Doing so will prevent your competition from registering the same domain name as yours with one of those extensions and diverting business from your web site to their web site.
Transfer Your Domain Name
The benefits of transferring your domain name to us are simple: we will save you time and money. We will maintain your domain record so you won't need to get an education about how DNS, MX records, A-records and SPF records work. These components of your domain record are critical to visitors finding your web site and the delivery of your e-mail. Errors in your domain record may cost you valuable business.
We prefer to handle the domain transfer process and will involve you only if needed. Transfer your domain name to us so you can focus on running your business.
If you want to maintain your domain record but want to transfer your domain name to us click here, and then select the Transfer a Domain Name link that is in the Register A Domain Name box.
Private Domain Name Registration
Are you aware that when you register a domain, your name, address, e-mail address, and phone number are immediately available to anyone who searches your domain record? It's true! You can keep your information private and unavailable to potential SPAMers, telemarketers, etc. by making your domain registration private. A private domain registration "unlists" your private information. Protect your personal, private information; contact us today to change your new or existing domain record's public registration to a private regisration. (Transfer of your domain name from your current registrar to SBIS is required to add privacy.)
New ICANN Rules, Information, and Links
Starting January 1, 2014, new rules issued by Internet Corporation of Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) go into affect. All existing domain records and new registrations must have complete WHOis information. Existing registrants are required to verify the email address in their record whenever the first name, last name, or email address changes. New registrants are required to verify their email address upon registration of a domain. The registration process involves responding to an email that is sent to the registrant. Registrants are required to respond within 15 days to keep their website (if one exists) from going offline.
Registrants' Benefits and Responsibilities
Domain Name Registrants' Rights
Domain Name Registrants' Responsibilities
ICANN Registrant education is here.
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