Understanding Private Domain Registration

What is the difference between public and private domain name registration?

Per your registrar agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact and registrant information listed for your domain name must be made public. Using false information is a violation and can lead to the termination of your domain name registration.

Registrars, such as MyInternetWebsite.com, understand most people do not want their personal contact information (name, address, email address, and phone number) made public in the Whois database. That’s why MyInternetWebsite.com offers Private Registration services.

When you purchase Private Registration services at MyInternetWebsite.com, the Whois database lists a generic name, mailing address, and phone number instead of your personal contact information. They also create a private unique email address for your domain name — you decide to have any arriving email forwarded, filtered for spam, or not forwarded at all.

Although the listed registrant of your domain name is generic on the Whois database, you retain FULL CONTROL over your domain name. You can:

  • Cancel, sell, or renew your domain name
  • Control the content for your website
  • Set the nameservers for your domain name
  • Update your underlying domain name contact information
  • Resolve any and all disputes involving your domain name

Private Registration provides a variety of benefits! It helps you:

  • Protect your identity
  • Stop domain name-related spam
  • Thwart harassers and stalkers
  • End data mining
  • Maintain personal and family privacy
  • Prevent your domain from being hijacked
  • Shield legitimate entrepreneurial business endeavors
  • Voice political and other First Amendment speech

All of this is available for just a few dollars a year!

Registering Domain Names

Registering a domain name builds your credibility on the Internet. Use domain names to support your business and assist in creating a dynamic online presence. Your domain name establishes your online identity and increases branding, marketing and communication opportunities. Register multiple domain names to:

  • Keep your competition from registering a domain name that draws customers away from you.
  • Promote the products and services you offer.
  • Drive more traffic to your website.
  • Enjoy more opportunities to market to — and be listed on — search engines.
  • Create distinct advertising strategies to reach different target markets.
  • Provide customers more ways to find you on the Internet.
  • Capture common misspellings of your domain name, instead of sending visitors to an error page.
  • Protect your brand and online identity from unsavory parties.

To get started, check to see if the domain name you want is available. If available, register the domain name for a period of time you specify during the checkout process.

To Check a Domain Name's Availability

  1. Go to http://myinternetwebsite.com .
  2. In the Domain Name Search field, enter the domain name you want to register, and then select the domain name extension (such as .com or .net) from the list.
  3. Click GO.

If the domain name you requested is already registered, you will see available alternatives. For example, you might be able to select a .info or .ws domain extension, rather than .com.  You could register www.coolexample.info instead of www.coolexample.com.

If the domain name is available, follow the instructions to complete the checkout process. Be sure to include valid contact information for each contact. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the governing body for domain names, requires valid contact information (registrant, technical, billing, and administrative). If you enter false information, your domain name can be canceled.

Your contact information is public and accessible through the Whois database at most registrars. However, you can protect your privacy by registering your domain name with us using our private domain name registration services.

We highly recommend using private registration to hide your contact information from spammers and scammers.

When you purchase private domain name registration, the Whois database lists the name of our privacy affiliate company, as well as their postal address and phone number — instead of your personal contact information.

WHOIS Masking Starts January 25, 2018

This service will block some of your contact details through automated access points.

We're always looking for ways to protect your information online. To help slow the flood of spam that can occur when you register a domain without privacy services, WHOIS masking of certain personal data will be turned on for all domains on January 25.

This service will limit a potential spammer's ability to access your first name, last name, email and phone number through automated means (also known as Port 43 access). We'll continue to publish full WHOIS details to users of our CAPTCHA-protected, web-based WHOIS system, as required.

Domain Privacy still matters.

While we hope this service will help cut down on spam calls and emails, because registration information is still made available publicly, Domain Privacy is still the best way to maintain anonymity online. WHOIS masking will only restrict spammers through automated bulk access sources.

Masking contact information shared via WHOIS automated access points

All ICANN accredited registrars (such as MyInternetWebSite.com) are required to provide WHOIS Look-up access to the public. (WHOIS is a mechanism to look up the contact information associated with your domain name.)

MyInternetWebSite.com supports both individualized lookups (via secureserver.net/whois) and automated bulk lookup requests (also known as Port 43 access). There are several legitimate users of bulk WHOIS data, but we also have bad actors misusing this to spam our customers.

Starting January 25, 2018, MyInternetWebSite.com will begin masking (blocking) the Registrant name, phone and email on all bulk WHOIS requests from unauthorized sources. Legitimate users already approved through the MyInternetWebSite.com Port43 Process will continue to receive unmasked contact info. This is being done to protect your info, and reduce chances of spammers getting ahold of your data.

While the intent of this service is to help reduce spam calls and emails, Domain Privacy is still the best and most efficient way to maintain anonymity online. WHOIS masking will only restrict spammers misusing our automated bulk access sources.

If you prefer to keep your domain information unmasked, you can opt out at any time using one of the options below:

  • Contact our Customer Care Center
  • Send a written request to port43@secureserver.net from your email of record. Additional information may be requested through this channel for verification purposes.

Note: If you are sending a written request, please review the following details to help expedite your request:

  • Email request must come from the email associated with your account (email of record)
  • Please use Subject Line: Opt-out of WHOIS masking
  • In the Body of the email, please provide the following:
    • Customer Number(s)
    • “I certify and understand that by opting out of Port 43 masking, I approve of MyInternetWebSite.com continuing to provide the Name, Email and Phone number associated with all domains related to the Customer Number(s) provided.”

Note: Your customer number can be found if you click on your name in the top right corner when you are logged into your MyInternetWebSite.com account, and the email of record can be found on the Account Settings menu under My Profile.

It may take up to 24 hours to process the opt-out request.

.ME – The domain that’s all about YOU!

image03064165133For business or fun — this domain has personality

Tell your story on the Internet with .ME — the Top-Level Domain that's all about you, your product, your world! Register your own name with a .ME extension and you have the ideal Web address for a personal blog, podcast or online portfolio. Promoting products or services to a young audience? Use a fun .ME domain for your niche website. Anyone can register these domains.

Use .ME for business:

  • Personalize your product or service for Internet-savvy Web consumers by launching a .ME Web site with your product name in it.
  • Protect your brand from competitors who might wish to take advantage of the name recognition generated by your popular .COM.

Or for yourself:

  • Carve out a place on the Internet that's all your own, including an email address with your .ME domain name in it!
  • Perfect for blogs, resumes, and personal pages.

Can you register a trademark for a domain name?

The answer is YES! Read this article by the Small Business Development Center to learn more.

To search for and register your domain name, go to http://www.myinternetwebsite.com/

Understanding Domain Name Extensions

A domain name is the text name that is corresponding to the numeric IP address of a computer on the Web. The web users access your website using your unique domain name. Domains can be registered through a number of registrars under various extensions such as .com, .org, and .net. You must check out various registrars, they may offer a wide variety of plans and prices.  We recommend that you use our service at http://www.MyInternetWebsite.com.

Often, there have been scams and rip-offs in the domain registration, so you need to be very careful. You should try to find a legitimate registrar. The legitimate web providers will charge a small surcharge for covering the labor to get the domain registered and set up on their server.

“.com” is short form of ‘commercial’. ‘.Com’ is the most famous extension, and is an unrestricted global domain name. Most of the businesses prefer ‘.com’ mainly because it is a well recognized business presence on the Web. The availability of ‘.com’ names have reduced, so you can also consider the other extensions.

‘.Net’ is short form of ‘network’. This is an unrestricted global domain name that is commonly used by the internet service providers and businesses, which are directly involved in the infrastructure of the Web. You can select a ‘.net’ extension for internet websites.

‘.Org’ is another global popularity winning domain name extension that is used mostly by the non-commercial web sites or non-profit organizations. ‘.Biz’ is a fairly new extension, and is short form of ‘business.’ It is mostly used by the business related websites. .Biz offers a good chance for the businesses that are unwilling for compromising their URL, when the ‘.com’ extension is already taken.

‘.Info’ is short form of “information,” and it is an unrestricted domain name. ‘.Info’ can be used for resource-based websites and brochure sites designed for reaching a customer base with the information about the business. There are other extensions such as .us, .uk, .in, .aus, etc. These types of extensions are restricted use country codes that are used by an individual or organization within their particular country.

Domain name registration is important, easy, and a strategically significant first step in establishing an online presence for your business. A well-chosen domain name can benefit your business in many ways and, I believe, plays a role in your website's ranking on search engines.

Beware of Scam Domain Renewal Notices

image09271215653Fake domain name renewal notices have been around for a long time.  They are usually received in the USPS mail about 90 days before a domain name's expiration date.   They look like authentic invoices and companies are fooled all the time.   The charge is usually around $75 which, oddly enough, is a lot more than a real registration.  You would think the higher amount would give people pause, but perhaps the higher amount makes it seem even more legitimate and urgent.   Today, I received one by email which is how legitimate domain registration companies send renewals.  It looked very believable.   Please keep an eye out for these scams.  If you receive any domain renewal notices and you aren't sure about the legitimacy, please send it to us–we'll tell you if it's real or not.

Here's what my email notice looked like today.

Beware of Scam Domain Renewal Notices