A new type of domain name extension is available for registration; the dot mobi (.mobi) and companies all over the world are rushing to register a .mobi version of their domain name.
Emails and text messages are often misunderstood and a break down in communication can happen very easily. But what would happen if your domain name could be easily misunderstood?
Today, there are over 80 million domain names with the system serving as a platform for $400 billion US dollars in econmic activity. The Internet today generates more than $1.5 trillion US dollars per year.
People often question how we found out information before the Internet. Remember when you
- had to go to the travel agent to make any travel plans
- selling your old things in the garage was done using a garage sale – not eBay
- you got the phone book out to call anyone
- price comparisons were done by visiting a number of shops
- product reviews were done by asking questions
- receipe books or pieces of paper were used when making a dinner
- an overseas phone call was kept short because it was too expensive
- correspondence between businesses took days – no emails
- faxes were used all the time for businesses
- videos were rented from the video store
- short videos was only seen on the funniest home video show – not youtube
We’ve come a long way in 15 years. What will the next 15 years bring us?
A number of our customers have received letters about renewing their domain. The problem is that the customers have never dealth with this company previously.
The domain renewal scammers send out thousands of letters everyday to domain owners and they still get many people’s money. Often the domain name is not renewed after it’s being paid for.
If you receive a letter from a company that you are unsure about that is Internet related or you have received an invoice that you are just not sure about, contact your web developer, hosting company or even email me direct. They should be happy to answer any questions regarding any invoices or letters that could be a scam.
Companies that you need to be cautious of include –
- Domain Registry of America
- Domain Registry of Australia
- Internet Names Group
We recommend throwing all their letters into the bin because they are ‘domain slammers’ (scammers).
Don’t get caught in this scam – use your common sense.
Australian domain names are gaining in popularity as the total number of domain names exceeds 1.5 million.
This indicates the strong growth of websites in Australia. The number is increasing with 1,500 domains registered everyday.
The total number of .com domains has reached 184 million. China is the second largest extension of domain names and it continues to grow as China’s Internet gains in popularity.
AuDA to publish domain expiry list
Some domain name insiders have had access to lists of domain names that are due to expire. They are then able to register the domain names before they are made public. To create a level playing field, AuDA will now be publishing a list of domains that will expire and specify the exact time that the domain name will be available to register.
Register your domain name today
If you are thinking of registering a domain name that is available, I strongly suggest you register it as soon as possible. Once the domain name that you want has been taken by someone else, acquiring that domain name could be a very expensive option.
Domain names are affordable and easy to register. There’s no excuse for not registering the name that you are thinking about.
If I am talking to a customer and their domain name is available. I suggest to them that they should urgently register the domain name with any of the domain registration companies available out there. I don’t care who they register it through, be it us or one of our competitors, I just tell them to register it. Even if they are only thinking about using the name.
Have you ever checked who owns your domain name? Do you own it? Does your webmaster own it? Maybe even your hosting company owns it!
I am writing this post today because we had a victory today. A customer has regained control of her domain name. She was in a very bad position and nearly lost it. She did not own the domain name, it was registered through her original web designer who was now uncontactable. After a number of threats and no replies from the web designer, he finally replied and released the domain name to the proper own. She has now regained control of her domain name. That’s a happy ending.
How can you check who owns your domain name?
You can check by doing a whois search on your domain name and check the contact details. This is something that many businesses know that they can check and hence why many businesses don’t know who owns their domain name.
In Australia, it is better management because domains need to have the customer’s Australian Business Number (ABN) on the registration form. If this is wrong or needs to be changed, the domain needs to be deleted and then re-registered. This costs the customer time and money.
You can check your domain name using one of the two links –
Why should you care who owns the domain name?
You will not be notified if the domain name is up for renewal or if it is transferred. If your domain name expires, your website and emails will go down. This problem is often overlooked and the hosting company normally gets the blame because the customer thinks their servers are down. This is not the case. A simple WHOIS search would indicate problem.
Your website could be transferred to a third party without your acknowledge. If this happens, you’ve may have lost your domain name and you need to contact the domain registry (AuDA or ICANN) to investigate.
How can I update my domain name contact details?
You can log in to the domain management interface and update the contacts details. These details should be provided to you from when you registered your domain name.
I hope this will help people understand the importance of owning their domain name.
Please share any stories you may have about your domain names that you did not own or any other horror stories that you have heard about this.