- What if the domain I want is is taken?
Have you ever searched for a domain and discovered that it has already been "taken" or registered by someone else? If this has happened to you, check out our list of ideas and infographic below, and learn how to get the domain you really want! Try out our Suggestion Tool. Our suggestion tool is one of the hidden gems of Dynadot. Here, you just simply type keyword(s) into the search bar and watch endless combinations of .COM, .NET, .CC, and .TV domains instantly appear. This tool is great because it yields results of the domain names you may have never thought of, and could even generate a result that is better than your "taken" domain. Please note this tool can only be used for .COM, .NET, .TV, and .CC. If your domain name is taken, why not try a different top-level domain (TLD)! Our TLD page offers an assortment of domains. We have hundreds of TLDs to choose from, such as your country's ccTLD, .CO, .ME, .NET, .XYZ, .BIZ, .ORG or .INFO. Additionally, check out our Domain Categories to get more information about domains to choose from. Check our Whois Lookup and see if it is possible to contact the current owner of the domain. If the owner's contact information is available, you can send them a direct message to inquire about purchasing the domain. If the owner's contact information is not available and they use our privacy service, you can email email@example.com with a completed email note, and we can forward your request to the domain owner. If you choose to contact the domain owner, please keep in mind that there is no guarantee that you will receive a response. Track the domains you are interested in with our Watch List feature. When you use Watch List, you can keep track of the status of a domain you want to purchase. If any changes occur with a domain in your Watch List, we will notify you with an email. Learn more about how to add domains to your watch list. Another option is to check out domain aftermarkets, such as Dynadot's domain marketplace, Afternic, and Sedo. Domain marketplaces easily connect domain buyers and sellers together. If you are set on a certain domain owned by someone else, try using a third party agent. Third party agents come in handy because they take out the complication of negotiating with a domain owner. If you're interested in a third party, try Domain Agents. This third party service will help you with domain negotiations and making an offer.
- Why is my website offline?
There are many reasons why you may not be able to see your website. The majority of these reasons fall into these four categories: If you recently set your name servers, your settings may not have propagated yet. You can do an IP lookup in your Dynadot account to see if your new name server settings have been propagated through the system. If they haven't propagated yet, you'll see a "name servers misconfigured" error. The website or the old name server settings for your domain are cached. If you aren't getting the "name servers misconfigured" error in your IP lookup, you can try refreshing your site a few times. If that doesn't work, you can try clearing your cache (click on "cache" above for more information & browser instructions). Your web host has not set up their name servers to handle web requests for your domain yet. We recommend contacting your web host about the issue. You have ordered a web hosting package for a domain name from us, but did not register the actual domain name. If you ordered either VPS Hosting or Email Hosting from us, but did not register the domain name at any domain registrar, you will not be able to see your website until you register the actual domain name. When you order VPS or Email Hosting from us, there is a place to enter the domain name the hosting is for. Entering the domain name here does not register it for you. You must already own the domain or register it at the same time. You need both the domain name and a web hosting plan to build a website. Basically, a domain name is like a mailing address while a web hosting plan provides the actual land space or "lot" at that address. You need both to get your website online.
- If my domain expires during a transfer, will the transfer still be completed?
If your domain transfer was initiated before the expiration date, the transfer can still be completed. Most domain registrars will let the domain transfer continue if the domain has expired before the transfer has been completed; however, there are a few registrars that will manually deny the transfer after the domain has expired. If this worries you, you should contact your previous domain registrar, and ask them if they will still let the domain transfer continue since the transfer was initiated before the domain expired. NOTE: A domain transfer does not start right after you submit a domain transfer order to us. A domain transfer starts after the transfer has been authorized. You will receive a "Transfer Initiated" email from us when that happens. See the steps involved in a domain transfer.
- What political domain extensions do you support?
We support a few domain extensions that fall under the political category. All of them were recently released or are about to launch. .DEMOCRAT .REPUBLICAN .VOTE .VOTING .VOTO See our full list of TLDs that we support.
- What is a domain hack?
A domain hack is a domain that combines the domain name with the top-level domain (TLD) to spell out a word or saying such as ComeWith.ME. There are many TLDs that can be used to create domain hacks. Most of our new TLDs can be used to create sayings as many of them are words such as .CAB or .HIPHOP. You can create domain hacks such as GrabA.CAB or Ilove.HIPHOP. Check out our list of domain hack TLDs or see our full list of TLDs to find more awesome domain hack opportunities! You can also see more examples in our domain hacks blog post.
- How do I renew my domain?
If you don't renew your domain, you risk losing it! To renew your domain, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "Manage" from the "Domains" drop-down menu. Check the box next to the domain name(s) you want to renew. Hover over the "Renew" icon and select "Renew." The selected domain(s) will be added to your shopping cart along with any domain privacy that you have with them. To checkout, click on the shopping cart and then click the "Check Out" button. Our system will take you through the check out process to submit your order. You will receive an "Order Complete" email from us when your order has finished processing and your domain (and privacy if applicable) has been renewed. You can also renew your domain for multiple years. If your domain has already expired, you may still be able to renew it during its grace renewal period. You can see how much time each domain extension offers for grace renewal on our TLD page. Please note that renewing your domain during its grace renewal period will be at the same price as a regular renewal (you can also see our renewal prices on our TLD page) until the last 10 days, during which Dynadot charges a $10 late renewal fee. Don't want to forget about your domain renewals? Learn how to set up auto-renew for your domains and our system will take care of the renewal for you! If your domain is past its renewal grace period, you may still be able to restore your domain; however this will be at a higher cost than a regular renewal. Find out more about the domain lifecycle. Don't want to renew your domain? Learn how to set your domain to "Do Not Renew".
- What domain extensions does Dynadot support from Oceania, Australia, and New Zealand?
We support several country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), as well as one regional TLD. Some TLDs may have recently launched or will be launching soon. ccTLDs: .TV - Tuvalu's domain .WS - Samoa's domain (formerly Western Samoa) .PW - Palau's domain .FM - Federated States of Micronesia's domain .CC - Cocos Islands' domain Regional TLDs: .KIWI - Regional/identifying domain for the New Zealanders or "Kiwis". If you want to see more ccTLDs or regional TLDs that we support, simply click on the title. You can also check out our full list of TLDs that we support.
- What is domain hijacking?
Domain hijacking is when someone takes your domain away from you. Usually, it is accomplished by falsifying a domain transfer authorization. The best way to prevent your domain from being hijacked is to keep it locked. You can lock all your domains from your Dynadot control panel for free, and in fact, we make this the default setting when you register or transfer a domain to us to ensure domain security. When a domain is locked, a domain transfer cannot even be started by another Registrar. To read about the most famous domain hijacking case, read the Wikipedia entry for Sex.com.
- Can I transfer my domain from Dynadot to a different domain registrar?
Yes, you can transfer your domain(s) to another domain registrar. There is no fee or penalty to do this; however, there are some restrictions: Domains that have expired cannot be transferred. You must renew them through us first. Domains less than 60 days old cannot be transferred. This is a rule enforced by the central registries. Domains recently transferred to Dynadot cannot be transferred out for 60 days. Domains in "Buy Lock" or "Auction Lock" status cannot be transferred. Find out how to transfer your domains away from Dynadot
- How long do I have to restore my domain after it has been deleted?
If the grace renewal period of your domain has already passed, you may still be able to restore the domain. Unfortunately, this is not guaranteed and will cost more because the domain has already been deleted. Most top-level domains (TLDs) offer a restore period and in most cases it's 30 days. To see what the restore period is for a certain domain, you can visit the domain's TLD page (click on the individual domain extension from this page) and look under the "Restore Period" column in "Domain Information" section.