- Why is my domain in "Buy Lock" status?
When you purchase a domain through our marketplace, our system automatically places it on a "Buy Lock" for 60 days. The domain can still be used during this time - you can still set your name servers, DNS, etc - however, you will not be able to move the domain to another Dynadot account or transfer the domain to another domain registrar. The reason for this lock is to prevent fraud. This lock helps protect our sellers from not being compensated for their domain and then losing the domain because the buyer transferred it out. This is different than the "Auction Lock" that is placed on Expired Auction domains.
- What is an IDN variant?
An Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) variant is an alternative form of the domain name. The most common example is if you register a Chinese domain name. Chinese has two scripts for the same character, simplified and traditional. Someone may have already registered the simplifed version of a domain, preventing you from registering the traditional version. Unfortunately, due to the current design of Verisign, the central registry for .COM, .NET, .CC, and .TV, we cannot check if a variant exists ahead of time. We can only try to register the domain and if a variant exists, we get an error message (though sometimes you will see a variant error message in our search results if we received this error on that same domain name recently). Then we automatically give you an account credit for any domains we could not register.
- What is a premium domain?
A premium domain is a domain that has been previously registered, often because it has the potential of becoming a memorable web address. Premium domains have high marketing potential and many of them already receive significant traffic. Premium domains are also often referred to as aftermarket domains, secondary market domains, high-value domains, great domains, or top domains. When you buy a premium domain, it is placed into your Dynadot account, usually in 10-20 days. There is also another type of premium domain known as a "registry premium domains." These are premium domains that are set aside by the central registry and sold at a premium (higher) price. The majority of the new TLDs we launch have premium domain lists. Please note that premium prices are subject to change per the registry. This applies to registration, renewal, and transfer pricing.
- What is a central registry aka domain name registry?
We are considered a domain name registrar and we partner with several domain name registries, also known as central registries, to provide a variety of top-level domains (TLDs). A central registry is a company that maintains a database of all the domain name registrations for a TLD. They also store the DNS and Whois records for that TLD. You can find the registry info for each of our TLDs on their individual pages under the "Domain Information" section towards the bottom of the page. For example, you will see that the registry for .COM is Verisign. Many registries support more than one TLD. Verisign also supports .NET, .TV, and .CC. Find out more about the "3 R's" of the domain industry: registries, registrars, and resellers.
- What is an IP address?
IP addresses (also known as Internet Protocol addresses) are the principal communications protocols for the Internet. There are currently two types, IPv4, which are a combination of four sets of numbers separated by periods (for example, 126.96.36.199) and IPv6, which are represented as eight groups of four hexadecimal numbers separated by colons (for example, 2001:0db8:0000:0042:0000:8a2e:0370:7334). The latter was introduced because IPv4 has been exhausted due to the rapid growth of the Internet since each computer connected to the Internet has a unique IP address. An IP address is used as the computer's ID on the Internet so it can send and receive information from other computers on the network. Now while computers can store, recall, and work with multiple numbers very easily, humans have trouble remembering random series of numbers. To address this, the Domain Name System (DNS) was created.
- 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.
- What is Dynadot DNS?
Dynadot DNS is a domain name server setting in which you use our name server software to resolve the IP address for your domain. In this case, however, you are the person setting the IP address for your domain and your mail servers for your domain. Therefore, the IP address you enter will need to be the IP address of a web server that will respond to web requests for your domain. We can map both "mydomain.com" and "www.mydomain.com" to an IP address that you specify. If you have a web server at this IP address, you can now host a website. If you have an email server at this IP address, you can now receive email. You can also specify up to 5 MX records if you want your email to go to a different location than web requests. Alternatively, you can set up to 10 email aliases (including catch-all email forwarding) to forward your domain's email to an existing email address. We also allow you to specify up to 50 subdomains using A records and CNAME records. For example, you can set the IP address or target host for "ftp.mydomain.com". Wildcards are allowed for A records. You can also specify 5 TXT records with our DNS setting. Learn how to set up DNS for your domain
- What is image alt text?
Image alt text has a couple of uses. Basically, it's an opportunity to put into words what the image is and it's function on the page. This is helpful to both users and to Google and other search engines, which is why we have added an easy way to enter image alt text for images on our website builder. From a user standpoint, alt text is what shows in place of an image if they have images turned off on their web browser or are unable to see images for any other reason. For Google and other search engines, it helps them index the image, so it can be found based on the keywords you use in your image alt text. However, keep in mind that alt text best practices should mean that you're using relevant keywords to what is actually in the image and it's purpose on your website. If you would like more information about image alt text and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) best practices, we doing some research online as there are many great resources out there.
- What are smart domain folders?
Smart folders give you a way to group your domains. With our smart domain folders, you can more easily set Whois records, name server settings, renew options, and transfer locks for a group of domains. How do I create a smart folder? How do I move domains in and out of smart folders?
- 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.