Register Your Domain Name Right or Beware

Think having your domain name is enough? Wrong. If you do not manage your domain name correctly, your Web site will be offline before you know it. For a domain name to work properly, it must be recorded correctly in the WHOIS account information. The WHOIS record is essentially THE record of ownership for your domain name. Make a mistake here, and the headaches will start.

When you register a domain name, you will be asked to fill out the WHOIS record. We will go through the several components of the record to make sure that your domain name is viable and ready to go after registration.

Registrant: This is the person/company registering the domain name.

Administrative Contact: This is the person or company that will be responsible for the administrative issues related to the domain name. This includes the registrant's personal information. It is possible for the administrative contact to be the same as the registrant.

Billing contact: Here you'll find the name of the the person or company who is responsible for the billing related issues for the domain name.

Technical Contact: What will be one of the more crucial part of your domain's WHOIS record is the technical contact. The technical contact is who should be contacted for technical issues related to the domain name. In most cases, this information will be for the domain name registrar. If you ever want to sell, transfer, or change your domain in some significant way, your technical contact will mostly likely have to be involved. This is why it is necessary that your technical contact information remains current and up to date – otherwise, making any changes to the domain name can become troublesome if not impossible.

Because some of the WHOIS record is visible to those searching out WHOIS information through a service, it is helpful to know what these are so that you can keep these records up to date. Most registrars allow you to update this information through a Web-based control panel if you have login information. You can make sure that you do at the time of registration. The information includes the following:

Registrar of record: In this field, you'll find the name of the domain name registrar who registered the domain name.

Record last updated: Here you'll find the date that the WHOIS record for the domain name was updated.

Record expires on: When domains are registered, it is usually only for a specific amount of time. Here you will find the date that the domain name is set to expire on. Some look at the WHOIS record just for this information. When your domain name expires, they can possibly buy the name themselves.

Record created on: This is the date that you initially registered the domain name.

Domain servers: Servers need to know how to locate web sites. The Domain Name System, or DNS, is listed here to provide just that. This section typically contains two records. One being the site's primary DNS and a second which is the secondary or back-up DNS.

In review, carefully fill out all of the WHOIS record completely and honestly to avoid all of the headaches that are certain if you do not.