by: Natalie Brown
To get on the world wide web you need 3 things:
1.) A Domain Name
2.) A Web Host (or Website Host)
3.) A Website
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is the address where Internet users can access your website. Computers use IP addresses, which are a series of numbers. Because strings of numbers are difficult for (most) humans to remember, domain names were developed and used to identify entities on the Internet rather than using IP addresses.
A domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers, and it can be used in combination of the various domain name extensions, such as .com, .net and more.
The domain name must be registered before you can use it. Every domain name is unique. No two websites can have the same domain name. If someone types in www.yourdomainname.com, it will go to your website and no one else’s.
We recommend that all clients register their own domain names to avoid someone taking ownership of your branding. Please visit http://www.godaddy.com to register a domain name.
What is Web Hosting?
When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website domain name (www.yourdomainname.com) into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.
Most hosting companies require that you own your domain in order to host with them.
Why we tell our clients to buy their own domain name.
Some unscrupulous website designers steal domain names. Don’t believe us? Read tons of stories from Google about this shameful business practice. We’ve had contact with dozens of customers over the years who had their previous designer register a domain name for them. It all seemed so easy at the time, no hassle, but there is a dark side to this practice and we want you to be aware of it.
It happens, sometimes you want a new website designed by a new designer. Or, you become unhappy with your designer for whatever reason and want to find another provider. When you want to re-design a website this sometimes involves moving to new hosting or using a different design platform. To make this move, you need access to the domain name registrar to switch something called the DNS entries. In some cases, when a customer contacts the designer, the designer refuses to give them access to the domain name settings or the domain and since the domain is registered by the designer, they technically ‘own’ it. There is not much you can do to fight this because whoever registers the domain name technically has ownership. Can you imagine? You have spent time, money, and effort building your website presence with that domain name, and now you can’t even use it anymore!!! You have business cards and a domain email address that are all of no use, simply because someone else registered your domain name and now an essential part of your brand is gone! It’s a horrible experience to go through and we at Uganda Website Design think you should never have to experience this.
Your domain name (www.yourname.com) is a part of your brand. You should own it. Why risk investing time, money and effort into your website and building an online presence all to have it stolen by someone with bad business practices?
It’s very easy to register your own domain name and you should do it and own it to secure that part of your brand. We recommend GoDaddy.com for most domain names. If you need a .ug or a .co.ug domain name, please let us know before you start your project so we can recommend domain name registrars to you that facilitate those domain extensions.
What happens if you don’t have access to PayPal or a Credit Card to buy a Domain name?
If you do not have access to pay for a domain name by PayPal or a Credit Card then we can help you with purchasing a domain name.
When we operate on your behalf to buy a domain name, YOU are still the owner of the domain name.
In our website design agreement we will add a clause indicating that while we are purchasing the domain name on your behalf, we DO NOT own it and you can, at any time transfer the domain name away from us to your own domain registrar account.