If you’ve had a business for a while and particularly an online presence, you’ll most likely have dealt with this aspect of having a website.
The domain name or URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is looked after by a domain registrar. This registrar will charge you on a yearly basis to renew your ownership. You’re essentially renting the name, and then deciding where to point it to.
If you‘ve bought and sold domains before then you may be thinking, “Why do I need you manage my domain?”
Put simply, to make sure you don’t lose it.
We’ve had multiple situations where websites have gone down, not due to our servers or the website, but because the client hasn’t renewed their domain name. Sometimes you’re lucky and the registrar allows you to renew the domain again with no punishment for your failure to renew when you should have. Other times though, this just isn’t the case. One client of ours forgot to renew their domain and lost it completely. It was snapped up by another domain company who are now trying to charge £1,300 for its renewal. A domain that is worth £11.99 is being held to ransom for over a thousand pounds!!
We offer a domain management service to take the stress away and to renew for you. A month before it’s due for renewal we’ll request payment from you, for the domain name and admin services. It’s a little more than the domain would be on its own; the difference is to cover the time it takes us to process the renewal and to perform any domain-related work.
It may be more the case that you don’t really understand any of what we‘ve just explained and just want someone else to do it. That’s fine too. You can be safe in the knowledge that should anything website-related arise you’d have one point-of-contact, rather than several, to address any issues or answer any questions.
If you have an idea of what you’d like your domain to be then we’re happy to follow your lead, but we’re also there to provide advice and guidance should you be a little unsure on how to start the journey off.